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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So, once again, the fact that Badiou simply states that the resurrection is a fable, without even acknowledging the controversy, suggests that he hasn’t been doing his homework. It is not as though Paul condemns Jewish Law, he just does not pay much attention to it.

This consistency stems from the nature of St. Not legality, in any case.

Particularity and wisdom, law and difference, are all overcome in this revolution. He is the name for what happens to us universally.

Christianity never exists outside of the believer declaring the truth of the Christ-event. Though much of what Badiou lays out here is useful, the overall structure of the argument leaves a lot to be desired.

View all 3 comments. Ultimately Badiou’s claim is that Paul anticipates Nietzsche and has much in common with him despite Nietzsche’s resistance to him, but this is clearly an oversimplification of Nietzsche. Paul’s work – his travels to unify not codify a growing group of believers who are organized around and for St.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Mar 03, Matt rated it really liked it. Fidelity to the event marks, thus, a constant moving away from the processes that would construct a singular truth or a singular law or even a singular difference.


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. Trivia About Saint Paul: Stanford University Press, Mar 02, Brian Tringali rated it it was ok.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

So, I Googled to learn more and discovered a rich literature and even textbooks of selections of such writings on Paul. When he articulates them in more “user friendly” texts, he sounds utterly saccharine.

Works Cited Agamben, Giorgio. And this was one of those books I stayed up badiu and got up early to keep reading.

Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: The invocation of Paul by Badiou shows just how revolutionary this kind of thinking can be. Pal book, and a little google fu, helped me learn that Badiou is primarily concer This is a short, dense, fascinating book.

In this not-paying attention to, Badiou marks what could be the most potent revolutionary stance: The problem is that in repeating the event mimetically, automatic desire can do nothing but prolong the reign of the law. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Mar 30, Michael rated it liked it. It is a non-dialectical movement that shatters any normalizing conception of difference as a networked reality under Jewish law. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But then, it was never meant to.

Such a fresh take on Apostle Paul’s revolutionary ideas about universalism related to Christianity, written by a Marxist atheist.

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Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May revolt in Paris. It repeats the event in a pathetic attempt to recapture a lost revolutionary moment. Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. What do all of these fundation amount to? When I began the book, I rolled my eyes, for a sentence like this is what makes contemporary French philosophy almost impossible: I just re-read-skimmed this, and was pleasantly surprised.


Luckily my French hasn’t rusted completely! It cannot be determined any generalities. This practice does not replace law with lawlessness, but sees itself beyond itself.

With love as a beyond of itself, as a perpetuation of revolution that constantly displaces difference-as-contradiction, universalism can only exist within revolutionary practice.

Ted Jennings lectured at First Central earlier in the month, he spoke of the non-Christian, even atheist and Marxist thinkers, who were drawing doundation Paul as the revolutionary figure needed for our age. Paul’s antiphilosophical progression – a militant universalism to A quick read.

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. Badiou, however, does not.

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

All differences are secondary. When Jennings lectured on these developments in Pauline thought, but ended with an emphasis on resurrection, one of my congregants was puzzled, and we’ve had follow-up conversations. The radical “for all” or the remnant? Badiou gets into a side-bar discussion of French immigration policy written in which asks important questions about whether we all really love our neighbors the way that Christian belief would challenge us to do.