By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers will be stunned to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs together with his philosophical works and they are only as vital to realizing his greater highbrow undertaking. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot unique 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 offers its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker at the same time 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 thought. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative features 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 residing engagement with philosophy, learning in it the facility to wreck in the course of the limits of way of life.
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You can really lead a woman astray with this business about directions. But me, I have my own personal sense of direction, a private one, like the camel that knows the stars! . neither one of them is here! Mr. Direct-from-Fakeville. AHMED. Kiss me here then. When you kiss me, I lose all sense of direction! FENDA. Some other day, Mr. Here We Go Again. A day when, if you tell me you’re here, it’s not because you’re somewhere else. Fenda exits into the audience and walks through it slowly. AHMED.
In France, that is, even the far-right demagogue—to take the most egregious contemporary examples, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the Jew-, Arab-, black-, and immigrant-hating National Front, or his daughter and current political heir, Marine Le Pen—can be counted on to display an urbanity, an erudition, indeed a certain “literary” brio, that one almost never observes even in liberal American politicians, especially when they actually possess these qualities. ) As I suggested earlier, the hazy, noxious influence of the nouveaux philosophes already hangs over the world of Ahmed the Philosopher.
That’s where I was just now! FENDA. Here? You were here? How come you didn’t tell me? 43 Ahmed the philosopher AHMED (flustered). But I did nothing but tell you, in every possible way, my pretty one from over there! FENDA. Mainly what I see is that when I come here you’re there! I’m getting really tired of your not being where I am! You’re never here! When I’m here, you never are. Too bad for you, sweetiepie. Fenda exits. AHMED (raising his hands to the sky). Woman! Woman! Where is woman? . She’s always out of sight!