By Alain Badiou
English-speaking readers will be stunned to profit that Alain Badiou writes fiction and performs together with his philosophical works and they are only as very important to figuring out his greater highbrow venture. In Ahmed the thinker, Badiou's such a lot interesting and available play, translated into English right here for the 1st time, readers are brought to Badiou's philosophy via a theatrical travel de strength that has met with a lot luck in France.
Ahmed the thinker provides its comedian hero, the "treacherous servant" Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant thinker whilst 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 special Badiousian suggestion. but Ahmed does greater than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative features of philosophy, mobilizing a comic book strength that exposes the vacancy and pomp of the area. via his instance, the viewers is moved to a dwelling engagement with philosophy, getting to know in it the ability to wreck throughout the limits of way of life.
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W e may be able to assign to a thing a cause without being able to fix its ratio cognoscendi. Thus we m a y regard magnetic force as the cause, but not the logical ground of magnetic attraction. There may, indeed, be a whole world of things determined causally, and yet the ground of their determination may be unknown. 1 1 6 T w o different modes of connection thus come to light, namely logical determination and a real Ordnung, or fixed relationship between things. In Leibniz's view the necessary connection in the world of things followed from his metaphysical principle of determination.
Cp. , supra, p. 31. 3 Ber. I. 395. 4 Ibid. , Ber. I. 309. Cp. p. 262.
396-8. THE PRE-CRITICAL CONCEPTION O F G O D 45 trasting it with that of Crusius. Taking the three principal grounds of determination enumerated by Wolff, viz. the rationes cognoscendi, essendi, and fiendi, Crusius drew a line of separation between the first and the other two, not by exalting the first in the manner of Wolff, but rather by depriving it of its privileged position, and making the ground of knowledge (ratio cognoscendi) co-ordinate with the real ground. W e may thus tabulate his results: Real grounds.