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    Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Cultural Memory of the Present (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Alain Badiou, Translated by Ray Brassier

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    DescriptionIn this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St. Paul. For Badiou, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: he is instead a profoundly original and still revolutionary thinker whose invention of Christianity weaves truth and subjectivity together in a way that continues to be relevant for us today. In this work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: the bearer of a universal truth that simultaneously shatters the strictures of Judaic Law and the conventions of the Greek Logos. Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: the subject is that which refuses to submit to the order of the world as we know it and struggles for a new one instead.


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    Title
    Saint Paul
    Subtitle
    The Foundation of Universalism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain Badiou, Translated by Ray Brassier
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804744713
    ISBN 10: 0804744718
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    LC classification: BS2650.52 .B3313 2003, BS2650.52.
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, QDHA, QRM, QRVG, QRVC
    Edition statement
    Teacher and Lte.
    Publisher
    Stanford University Press
    Imprint name
    Stanford University Press
    Publication date
    05 June 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Palo Alto
    Author Information
    Alain Badiou holds the Chair of Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Several of his books have been translated into English, including "Manifesto for Philosophy" (1999), "Deleuze: The Clamor of Being" (2000) and "Ethics: an Essay on the Understanding of Evil" (2001).
    Review quote
    "Badiou introduces the reader to the notion that philosophy stands somewhere beyond the commonplace ... [and] illustrates the way in which during [St. Paul's] time Paul decided that for God particularities such as nationality or sex are unimportant and therefore everybody is (compared to God) just a human being." - Peter Takac, Human Affairs: Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences
    Back cover copy
    "This book is a daring and provocative confrontation of religion and secular practice, the aim of which is to recover the radical core of Paul's militant philosophical, or 'antiphilosophical, ' project." --James I. Porter, University of Michigan
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    In this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St. Paul. For Badiou, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: he is instead a profoundly original and still revolutionary thinker whose invention of Christianity weaves truth and subjectivity together in a way that continues to be relevant for us today. In this work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: the bearer of a universal truth that simultaneously shatters the strictures of Judaic Law and the conventions of the Greek Logos. Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: the subject is that which refuses to submit to the order of the world as we know it and struggles for a new one instead.