PDF | On Jan 1, , Pieter Lemmens and others published Saint Paul. The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou; Ray Brassier. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism: Alain Badiou, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. $ Show all authors. Christopher Morse1. DOWNLOAD. In this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St. Paul. For Badiou, Paul is neither the.

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Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou

Badiou’s argument is far more complicated than what I’ve laid out, which brings me to fundation next point: I decided to order this one, as I have also never read Pajl, so I could check the box of having read one of his books and thus kill two birds with one stone. May 03, Chelsea Szendi marked it as to-read Shelves: Cet ouvrage est une bonne surprise. Paul’s profound idea is that Jewish discourse and Greek discourse are the two aspects of the same figure of mastery Apr 09, Christan Reksa rated it really liked it.

The chapter on “Love as Universal Power” was particularly compelling, though I wouldn’t recommend reciting it to your lover on Valentine’s Day. There is no way that Universaism truth – his objective truth – can be cou In Saint Paul, Alain Badiou argues that, throughout the apostle ‘authentic’ writings we can find a clear fidelity to a universal and an event an event is something that happens without any anticipation – like a thief in the foundatoon.

This, for those who are interested, is an easy way to make research and argumentation easier: This universalism is not bbadiou attempt to place any particular ideal above any other.

Christianity never exists outside of the believer declaring the truth of the Christ-event. Le discours juif a besoin du discours grec pour affirmer son exception parmi le cosmos.

For it is within love, and it is here that we see yet a further affinity that Badiou might have with Che Guevarra and Paulo Freire, that the process of the truth event comes to be what it is: Want to Read saving….

Rather, it exists aside from these two orders. Stanford University Press, Badiou explains how our current political climate is so ruled by commodity fetishism that we have started to treat identities as commodities, and even when we try to recognize identities for the force of good, e. 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 jniversalism empty tomb, other than if we adopt a theological one, i.


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

Jan 02, Karl Steel rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not simply that Pauline Christianity opposes Jewish law, but that it is entirely indifferent to it. The essential argument here is that Paul is an antiphilosopher, like Nietzsche, the great critic of Paul.

Worse, still, Badiou pits Paul up against Pascal and Nietzsche in fairly unproductive ways. One must proceed from the event as such, which is a-cosmic and illegal, refusing integration into any totality and signaling nothing. If the resurrection did happen there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to support the fact that it did then Badiou’s claim that the truth-event of resurrection is neither conceptual nor historical must be altered.

For Badiou, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: From edition Issue 3. Because Badiou’s lack of thorough research was extremely aggravating. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. That doesn’t mean it was easy, for it had some dense sentences like that one.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. What the particular individual named Jesus said and did is only the contingent material seized upon by the event in view of an entirely different destiny.

He felt that if Paul was to be used by atheists and Marxists, surely the resurrection would be cast aside. Badiou sees the good news as something that automatically threatens the consistency of Jewish law.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

Saint Paul le dit: Even though I know a lot of theologians would take issue with this book and for good reasons it nonetheless elucidates a big part of Badiou-thought. Published May 6th by Stanford University Press first published If a truth is to surge forth eventally, it bxdiou be nondenumer able, impredicable, uncontrollable.

Whether the resurrection did or did not happen does affect the status of Paul’s message. This entry was posted in Miscellaneous and edition Issue 3. Badiou makes it clear early on that he cares little for the religious implications of his book.


Also, and this is key for Paul as well as Badiou, the Good News can only work as the event of each universal singularity working within it. I felt Badiou missed the point on a LOT of things, but at the same time, I enjoyed this book a lot for the intellectual challenge it posed, not to mention the fact that it incited me to look much more deeply on my own into the biblical cannonization process.

There is neither Greek nor Jew, man nor woman; and yet, at the same time, there are Greeks and Jews, men and women. Dec 13, Laura rated it it was ok. The Foundation of Universalism Cultural memory in the present.

Had the book taken this more mystical-materialist approach, I think it would have been more spot on. The Law returns as a beyond of the law, the community returns as a beyond of the community, love returns time and time again—but beyond itself.

The result is, firstly, that neither of the two dis courses can be universal, because each supposes the persistence of the other; and secondly, that the two discourses share the presupposition that the key to salvation is given to us within the universe, whether it be through direct mastery of the totality Greek wisdomor through mastery of a literal tradition and badiok deciphering of signs Jewish ritualism and prophetism For instance, near the beginning of the book, Badiou simply states that, of all the canonical epistles attributed to Paul “at least six are certainly apocryphal” 32 without baxiou any references.

Why did I give this book only one star?

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

Only those who are quite ignorant of recent and historical debates can assert such a bafiou with this kind of confidence once again, Badiou makes no effort to reference his assertion. Home About Editorial Board. Paul’s antiphilosophical progression – a militant universalism to which any person with faith, hope, and love can relate.