By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers will be stunned to benefit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as vital to knowing his better highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's so much interesting and obtainable play, translated into English the following for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical journey 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 at the same time it casts philosophy itself as a comic book functionality. The comedy unfolds as a sequence of classes, with each 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 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 residing engagement with philosophy, studying in it the facility to wreck throughout the limits of daily life.
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Not without ulterior motive, the portraits of Leibniz in the official histories of philosophy show the thinker wearing an elaborate courtly wig. This detail of his physical habits illustrates quite reliably his place within the theoretical scene of his day. Leibniz is, indeed, the court-intellectual par excellence—and this not only in an occasional and opportunistic function, as was the case, for example, with Descartes, who made himself available for 38 38 leibniz bruno several months as a conversation partner to Queen Christine of Sweden, or Voltaire, who corresponded with Frederick of Prussia and Catherine the Great.
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Ever since his death at the stake in Rome in February of 1600, his name— shrouded by rumors of pantheistic nefariousness and cosmological daring—has been a fixture in the annals of martyrdom of the modern free spirit. The vagaries of his posthumous fate have retained something of the erratic luster and misfortune of his life story. They create the impression that his followers and interpreters spent more time poking around in his ashes than reading his writings. In fact, intellectual history knows few authors whose afterlife has been so heavily shaped by projections and monopolizations on the part of enraptured sympathizers for their own interests.
Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else by Alain Badiou