Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children by Alain Badiou

By Alain Badiou

English-speaking readers will be stunned to benefit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs together with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to knowing his better highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's so much interesting and available play, translated into English the following for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical travel de strength that has met with a lot luck in France.

Ahmed the thinker provides its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker whilst it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a sequence of classes, with every one "short play" or cartoon illuminating a unique Badiousian notion. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative points of philosophy, mobilizing a comic book power that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the realm. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a dwelling engagement with philosophy, learning in it the ability to wreck throughout the limits of daily life.

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On all fours you ate up the whole Trappist convent. That’s what we have to cover up! Later we’ll see if your career can stand up on its own two legs! So get down! MADAME POMPESTAN (getting down on all fours). The things you’ve got to do these days to cover yourself! Lousy judges! AHMED (in a very pedantic tone, and with the appropriate improvisations). Your politics leads you to steal left and right. Perfect. You’re caught red-handed with your hand in the cookie jar. Excellent. Here’s Doctor Ahmed’s prescription: no politics can be covered up.

By George, he’s got it! ” “Moustache,” I retort, “you’ve put your finger on the cause. But,” I persist, “you, why do you stay in Sarges-les-Corneilles? ” “Goddam shithole of a hick town,” he declares. “So now,” I whisper to him, “we’re in a pickle.  . ” Then I saw Moustache’s eyes narrow and become like a little pig’s eyes. ” And, scrutinizing him really hard, I said: “No, it’s impossible to see anything. You’re here because you’ve been here forever. But that’s not really a valid cause. ” Ever since then, he’s been crying, Albert Moustache has.

Brief silence. Then there is a huge explosion, which ought to startle everyone in the audience. After the explosion, a big red feather slowly comes down from the flies, floating as if carried along by the wind. The feather ends up landing on the stage. Ahmed reenters from the rear, looks around, then picks up the feather, and shows it to the audience. It’s no use. Even though we’d taken all precautions. We’d inspected the whole place. You saw, right? We took all the time we needed. But it’s always the same story.

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