Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else

Paperback | April 29, 2014

byAlain BadiouTranslated byJoseph Litvak

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English-speaking readers might be surprised to learn that Alain Badiou writes fiction and plays along with his philosophical works and that they are just as important to understanding his larger intellectual project. In Ahmed the Philosopher, Badiou's most entertaining and accessible play, translated into English here for the first time, readers are introduced to Badiou's philosophy through a theatrical tour de force that has met with much success in France.

Ahmed the Philosopher presents its comic hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant 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 his example, the audience is moved to a living engagement with philosophy, discovering in it the power to break through the limits of everyday life.

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English-speaking readers might be surprised to learn that Alain Badiou writes fiction and plays along with his philosophical works and that they are just as important to understanding his larger intellectual project. In Ahmed the Philosopher, Badiou's most entertaining and accessible play, translated into English here for the first ti...

Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, and professor emeritus at the École normale supérieure in Paris. He has published many philosophical works, including Being and Event and Logics of Worlds, as well as the play Incident at Antioch: A Tragedy in Three Acts.Joseph Litvak is professor of English at T...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231166931

ISBN - 13:9780231166935

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Preface to the English Translation of Ahmed philosopheTranslator's Introduction: Badiou the Comedian/Ahmed the PhilosopherAhmed the PhilosopherNotes

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Badiou's plays offer the Anglophone world not only theatrical opportunities to produce Badiou's work in English, but also - and this is especially the case for Ahmed the Philosopher - provocative pedagogical tools for bringing an experiment in 'philosophical joy' into the university classroom.