By Alain Badiou

English-speaking readers could be shocked to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to realizing his higher highbrow undertaking. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's so much 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 while it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a chain of classes, with every one "short play" or cartoon illuminating a unique Badiousian idea. 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 area. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a dwelling engagement with philosophy, gaining knowledge of in it the ability to wreck throughout the limits of way of life.

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AHMED (looking at Madame Pompestan’s legs).  . You want me to get you an Islamic headscarf, a veil, a chador? Improvisation: Ahmed covering Madame Pompestan, who tries to fight him off, with a chador.  . 50 Ahmed the philosopher MADAME POMPESTAN (tugging at her skirt). Really now! The Western woman is neither naked nor veiled! What a way to behave! AHMED . So, what kind of covering can cover up your Trappist transgres- sions and conventual cons? MADAME POMPESTAN . It’s Moustache. Moustache told me: “Madame deputay, go see Ahmed the philosopher.

MADAME POMPESTAN. Covers! He said it! He pronounced the magic word! Covers! I need a cover! When facing the doddering old judges and the cannibalistic media, the female politician must be covered! From head to toe! AHMED (looking at Madame Pompestan’s legs).  . You want me to get you an Islamic headscarf, a veil, a chador? Improvisation: Ahmed covering Madame Pompestan, who tries to fight him off, with a chador.  . 50 Ahmed the philosopher MADAME POMPESTAN (tugging at her skirt). Really now! The Western woman is neither naked nor veiled!

Improvisation on this situation. Ahmed takes the liberty of helping her, to no avail.

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