By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers will be shocked to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs together with his philosophical works and they are only as vital to knowing his higher highbrow undertaking. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot enjoyable and obtainable 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 good fortune in France.
Ahmed the thinker provides its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker while it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a chain of classes, with each one "short play" or cartoon illuminating a special Badiousian inspiration. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative facets 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, gaining knowledge of in it the ability to wreck during the limits of daily life.
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It’s nothing. It’s a false alarm. I find false alarms worse than anything, when you know it’s going to happen. We’re all 32 Ahmed the philosopher nervous enough already, we’re tired of waiting, and then there’s this false alarm, over on the left side, which really puts us on edge. If there’s going to be an alarm, at least it could be a true one! A false alarm is one of life’s biggest misfortunes. Anyway! Let’s wait. Improvisation on waiting. Mind you, sometimes a false alarm is a relief. It’s a relief from the waiting.
Stop looking around everywhere but here! FENDA. And you, stop jabbering, like a stork with a dirty beak, that you’re here, when here, as everybody can see, there’s nobody but me. I’ll find you eventually, here or somewhere else, really close or really far, and then you’ll get an earful! Fenda disappears backstage, from which we hear a whole racket of searching. AHMED. By Allah! This is worse than talking to a sleeping crocodile! I’m going back there. I have to go back there. If I stay here, she’ll stay there, and we’ll both be somewhere else.
Hey, Moustache, are you freezing? Can you feel how it’s below zero? Do you freeze up at thirty below nothing? It’s colder than a witch’s tit on account of less than nothing! 28 Ahmed the philosopher Moustache is frozen solid; he’s literally petrified. MOUSTACHE. Shiver me timbers! I get the feeling I’m a snowman. AHMED. Hey, it’s Moustache the snowman! Deep down, he looks to me as though he’s a hell of a lot less than nothing! MOUSTACHE (in a sepulchral voice). The Arab has turned me into a coldstorage truck.