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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Revolution, likewise, moves beyond itself in an act that serves to perpetuate what it is. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. It is a thing that happens which has meaning. 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: Since then I’ve become a little jaded- more than a little.

Fundamentalisms—Jewish, Islamic, and Christian—all attempt to produce a radical alternative to global capital. The radical “for all” or the remnant? 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Towards metaphysics and capital, the truth procedure can only offer indifference. Perhaps you will charge me with ‘missing the point’. Engaging in a stunning display of surgical acumen, slicing the secular metaphysical content from the Christian, Badiou positions Paul as the premiere antiphilosophical thinker establishing the necessary truth procedure to establish the universal subject.

For Badiou, the importance of Paul lies in how he makes us think about the event in general. I had never read Badiou, and other than knowing that he was French and one of the in vogue “high theorists,” I was basically in the dark about his writing and theory.


Several of his books have been translated into English, including Manifesto for PhilosophyDeleuze: Mar 02, Joe Spencer rated it it was amazing. Badiou analyzes those texts linked to St.

Were Badiou to acknowledge controversial claims wherever they are, his book would have profited immensely. Neither totality nor the sign will do. In some ways this was my favorite part of the book. May 03, Chelsea Szendi marked it as to-read Shelves: U of Minnesota Press, Just think of the works by N.

I have to admit that I didn’t follow all of the ins and outs of the argument on my first read through.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

He makes an excellent case of how Paul relates to Badiou’s concept of a truth event, without any sophistry whatsoever. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works. This autonomy, for Badiou, is unuversalism but automatism; it is nothing but the static repetition of the same image which cannot fully embrace the radicality of the event.

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This is beautiful and alive. Works Cited Agamben, Giorgio. 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.

Badiou’s argument does not stand or fall because of any historical details, you might say. It is impossible that the starting point be the Whole, but just as impossible that it be an exception to the Whole. That said, his ontology’s even more ridiculous than the fact that he has a real, serious ontology; and this book has very little to do with Paul.

Hands down, the best book I’ve come across on Paul, though written by an atheist! This is a short, dense, fascinating book. In order to proclaim his message, Paul, therefore, becomes “all things to all men” is indifferent to particulars and yet acknowledges that not all men are the same. He takes Paul’s statements about the constraints of the Jewish law for granted and he may be as credulous when it comes to Paul’s attitudes towards Greek philosophyand he engages in what strikes me as special pleading about Paul’s attitudes towards women preachers and note Badiou’s dance with the word “filiation!


Dec 07, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: Badiou’s Paul is therefore an ok Paul, without remainder, but only because Badiou decides not to engage the whole of the Pauline corpus, even within the limits he sets.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

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 articulated on the site of Judaism. Paul is perfectly aware of the law’s unfailingly “statist” character. Difficult to read if you’re not familiar with the writings of Paul.

Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: Mar 02, Brian Tringali rated it it was ok. Badiou’s plowing this ground for his own reasons, which is perhaps part of how it can be so spiritually and intellectually challenging at once.

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 night. I enjoyed texting him that for Badiou the resurrection, while fable and as fable, is essential to understanding Paul and his ideas for revolution.