By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers may be stunned to benefit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs with his philosophical works and they are only as vital to realizing his better highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's so much wonderful 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 chain of classes, with each one "short play" or cartoon illuminating a unique Badiousian inspiration. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative elements 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 damage throughout the limits of way of life.
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And Plato's beginnings are so strange. First, there are the texts where Socrates narrates in the first person with their odd temporal and spatial displacements. In the Charmides, Socrates begins with 'yesterday'. 'Yesterday \proteraia] evening', he says, 'I returned from the army at Potidaea' and was greeted by Chaerephon 'who is a kind of madman' (153a-b). 82 The Lysis begins with Socrates being diverted in mid-step from his intended destination: 'I was going from the Academy straight to the Lyceum, intending to take the outer road, which is close under the wall.
16 In Barbara Johnson's translation of 'La double seance', Derrida's strange phrase Thistoire - de la litterature - is translated 41 STARTING WITH DERRIDA as 'history—the history of literature—\ This repetition of history in the second part of the phrase effectively negates the strange gap of the hyphen and soundless stroke of the dash. The hyphens and dashes have become no more than a parenthetical emphasis. A bridge without a gap has been built between the words, erasing the resonating pause, the hovering silence, between 'the history - of literature -'.
If we follow Diogenes Laertius, Thales says night came before, came in front (proteron) - by a day. From the start, historia is preoccupied with the problem of what came before. Herodotus begins with how the conflict between the Greeks and the Persians started. The Persians say (legousi), he writes, that it all began (arkhen) with the Phoenician abduction and rape of Io and the Greek abduction and rape of Europa and Medea. The Greek invasion of Troy to avenge the abduction and rape of Helen was seen by the Persians as the first act of Greek aggression in their sphere of influence (1.