By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers can be shocked to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as vital to realizing his higher highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot unique 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 luck in France.
Ahmed the thinker provides 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 chain of classes, with every one "short play" or caricature illuminating a distinct 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 power that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the area. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a dwelling engagement with philosophy, studying in it the facility to damage during the limits of way of life.
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From the station it is only a few yards to Tattenham Corner and there the whole scene is before you - the country to the hills beyond dark against a dubious sky, Horse Racing 29 the crowds, the tents, the roasted nuts and the coloured drinks, the roundabouts and the swings. Here are the bookmakers, in whose eyes lurks that almost insolent audacity which enables them when there are only two furlongs to go and the favouritels out in front still to quote the odds against it. Sure enough, something one has nit noticed is creeping through the flying field and now is going to win at the nice price of 17-1.
As Bernard Williams has said, something is lacking in life unless we feel more than we can say and grasp more than we can explain. 3 The world includes wonders. We come across them. We remember them. In all the examples I have cited, it seems that an event long past is now remembered. And part of the wonder is that this should be recalled when so much has been forgotten. I suppose that the event remembered may not have seemed wonderful when it happened. It may Icome to lifel in the remembering because it is considered along with other things remembered.
Maybe; but he gives things a flavour. Without his folly, his greed, his pride, his love of grace, might it not all be a bit of a bore? Maybe in heaven, Philosophy and Life: Essays on John Wisdom, ed. by jlham Dilman, Niihoff International Philosophy Series, Vol. 17. @J984. Martinus Niihoff Publishers, The Hague 28 John Wisdom as in a landscape by Claude, one may have security without tedium, exhilaration without the possibility of eviL They say when Time is done we shall transcend it all. But here and now one understands a man who wishes to go, when he dies, where the racehorses go, when the big bar tilts and the last bell rings, and some must win and some must lose.