Alain Badiou Performs a Scene from Ahmed the Philosopher

Known as one of the most important contemporary philosophers, Alain Badiou is perhaps less well-known for his abilities as an actor. However, in the video below, Badiou can be seen performing a scene from his play Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else.

The following is a description of the scene from Open Culture:

Badiou as the “demon of the cities” spotlights the brute limitations imposed by violent, unjust police, who summarily execute innocent people in the streets. Taking perverse pleasure in describing such an occurrence, the demon leers, “I like to imagine that I’m hidden behind a curtain. I salivate!” before going on to describe with relish the even uglier scenario of a “bungled” shooting.

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