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Alain Badiou. St. Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. Tran. Ray Brassier. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pgs. St. Paul: The. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism: Alain Badiou, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. $ Show all authors. Christopher Morse1. Alain Badiou, Saint Paul-The Foundation of Universalism Reviewed By. The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the Question of.

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It can only perpetuate itself in in-difference, in a difference that constantly seeks its own repetition as absolutely different and singular.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

This is a suggesting piece of speculative intellectual history. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. Presses universitaires de France, This having been said, I know that most critical scholars still regard II Timothy and Ephesians to be authentic. Paul Against the Law 8. If you don’t mind getting tied nuiversalism knots by some lively, post-structuralist French theory then give this a shot.

View online Borrow Buy Univerxalism available Show 0 more links I am alian proud of myself, as I could not find a copy of this book at the library in English I resorted to reading a French copy.

To illustrate this, Badiou says that “the event” in this rumination, founxation death and resurrection of Christ is structured in such a way that the militant subject Saint Paul can publicly declare “the event” and its apprehension constitutes the universal subject. To what end can the figure of Paul really help us think about the event?


Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 03, Matt rated it really liked it. Luckily my French hasn’t rusted completely!

‘Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism’ by Alain Badiou

He even cites Greek sometimes, and his translations check out although I am not super versed in the Koine dialect. Unlike conceptual or material universals, Paul’s universal is not opposed to falsehood.

No available generality can account for it, nor structure the subject who claims to follow in its wake. The essential argument here is that Paul is an antiphilosopher, like Nietzsche, the great critic of Paul. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. There is no way that Paul’s truth – his objective truth – can be countered because it is not in the order of the noetic or the physical.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I will use some passages in sermons, I’m sure. And there are definite eye-rolling moments in this one, but it’s also a pretty gripping plea for progressive political thinking to be at least as idealistic as it is critical.

Dec 13, Laura rated it it was ok. That is, Paul advocates a mystical universalism that rejects obscurantist discourse by exceeding it and that proceeds from an event that is more than merely fictitious and subjective. But the most striking part of the book is his discussion of Paul and therefore Scripture as a contemporary of today.


In this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St. And why, in particular, must a figure of religious thought be used to organize a book on radical politics and philosophy? Wolanski – – Dialogue and Universalism 9.

Mar 02, Joe Spencer rated it it was amazing. Shimon Gibson, a non-Christian archeologist has, himself, stated in his book The Final Days of Jesus, that “[t]he reality is that there is no historical explanation for the empty tomb, other than if we adopt a theological one, i.

Refresh and try again. Badiou lands some pretty savage blows on Pascal and Nietzsche. This is a Paul without Hell, without any interest in the words or life of Christ, whose only interest in Christianity is in the resurrection, in the universal address stt on the site of Judaism.

Other editions – View all Saint Paul: This is what Paul affects when he declares the good news. The University of Melbourne.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

Return to Book Page. Several of his books have been translated into English, including Manifesto for PhilosophyDeleuze: Australian Catholic University Library. Mar 10, Robyn rated it it was ok Recommends it for: