By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers should be stunned to benefit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs together with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to figuring out his greater highbrow undertaking. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot enjoyable and available play, translated into English right here for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical travel de strength that has met with a lot good fortune in France.
Ahmed the thinker offers 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 each one "short play" or comic strip illuminating a unique Badiousian proposal. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative points of philosophy, mobilizing a comic book strength that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the realm. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a residing engagement with philosophy, getting to know in it the ability to damage in the course of the limits of daily life.
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Where’s “here”? In what follows, this is the setup: for Fenda, the universe is the stage, and “here,” “somewhere else,” can only refer to the stage (possibly also the backstage). For Ahmed, in contrast, the universe includes the audience in which he is sitting. AHMED. Here! Here is here! What else do you want me to tell you? FENDA (exploring the stage). But there’s nothing here! Are you pulling my leg, you damn desert joker? AHMED. Here, I’m telling you! Not there! If you look there, you won’t see me here!
You want to sacrifice precision for brevity? Bad call. RHUBARB. But you’re not taking the ethical aspect into account, the completely democratic internal struggle against corruption. AHMED (after having thought a bit). ” RHUBARB. Now that’s really long. And besides, you know, the whole taking control aspect, the whole global taking charge of the human aspect, the whole taking control of the humane aspect, that’s gotten lost. AHMED. You’re starting an association that has as many aspects as members, maybe even more, and you’re complaining about the length of the name?
Me, Ahmed, I’m not going to make nothing speak. Nothing says nothing, that’s only natural. Moustache is going to tell you himself. He’s the something that says something. Naturally. Moustache! Moustache! Moustache makes his entrance. My dear Moustache, just tell them who I am, me, Ahmed. MOUSTACHE . ” You, you’re in the all of you. All of you immigrators from all over the world. The Orientals and them who come from Africa. Them who are gobbling up all the welfare money. Them on account of who we don’t have any more work, not even sweeping the street.
Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else by Alain Badiou