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Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Paperback Cultural Memory in the Present

By (author) Alain Badiou, Translated by Ray Brassier

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  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 5 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Palo Alto
  • ISBN 10: 0804744718
  • ISBN 13: 9780804744713
  • Edition statement: Teacher and Lte.
  • Sales rank: 69,792

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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.

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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).

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"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

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"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.