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In Ahmed the Philosopher, readers are introduced to Alain Badiou's philosophy through a theatrical tour de force. The play presents its comic hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively quick-witted philosopher even as it casts philosophy itself as a comic performance. The comedy unfolds as a series of lessons, with each "short play" or sketch illuminating a different Badiousian concept. Yet Ahmed does more than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative aspects of philosophy, mobilizing a comic energy that exposes the emptiness and pomp of the world. Through Ahmed's example, the audience is moved to a living engagement with philosophy, discovering in it the power to break through the limits of everyday life.

Badiou, Alain

Ahmed the Philosopher

Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else

Transl. by Litvak, Joseph

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April 2014
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23. Decision

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23. Decision (2014). Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else (pp. 135–140). https://doi.org/10.7312/badi16692-025

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.7312/badi16692

Online ISBN: 9780231536585

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