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Alain Badiou. St. Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. Tran. Ray Brassier. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pgs. St. Paul: The. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism: Alain Badiou, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. $ Show all authors. Christopher Morse1. Alain Badiou, Saint Paul-The Foundation of Universalism Reviewed By. The Obliteration of Truth by Management: Badiou, St. Paul and the Question of.

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Yet, also familiar enough that I could resonate with Badiou’s discussion. For Paul, the importance of the messiah was the event of his resurrection. After all, he takes the literal existence of Jesus foundatuon granted, and, more to the point, he’s reading Paul, not, say, Rashi or some other figure typically excluded from the so-called Western and especially “French” tradition.

Saint Paul. The Foundation of Universalism

Paul Against the Law 8. If you don’t mind getting tied in knots by some lively, post-structuralist French theory then give this a shot. The fundation of Christianity, the Christ-event that affects the Christian simply does not regard the tenants.

Matthew Sharpe – – Critical Horizons 16 1: This autonomy, for Badiou, is nothing but automatism; it is nothing but the static repetition of the same image which cannot fully embrace univeraslism radicality of the event.

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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 foundatiom 32 without providing any references. It is impossible that the starting point be the Whole, but just as impossible that it be an exception to the Whole.

The University of Melbourne. Now, I believe that all of the canonical epistles were either written or dictated by Paul and I believe there is a lot of evidence to back up my view. The University of Queensland.

Alain Badiou – Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: Rather, Paul is a revolutionary anti-philosopher of the event.


Turns out that there’s nothing politically impressive about these things at all. Of course, it’s easy to see why Badiou might want to discuss his views about universalism in such erudite academic terms. This universalism is not an attempt to place any particular ideal above any other.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

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! The Foundation of Universalism is yet another religious intervention into a practical philosophy that can help us understand the eventizing of revolutionary activity.

Particularity and wisdom, law and difference, are all overcome in this revolution. Paul is perfectly aware of the law’s unfailingly “statist” character.

The event can only be called attention to in this moment of in-difference; and this in-difference, for Badiou, marks the only possibility for a revolutionary understanding of universalism. Saint Paul le dit: Not legality, in any case.

But here I encountered a Paul who is knew to me. But the most striking part of the book is his discussion of Paul and therefore Scripture as a contemporary of today. Mar 03, Matt rated it really liked it.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism | Alain Badiou, Translated by Ray Brassier

Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory. The yoke of autonomy, of desire as manifested in the law autonomously, is the very essence of sin. University of South Australia. 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.

In Saint Paul, Alain Badiou argues that, throughout the apostle ‘authentic’ writings we can find a clear fidelity to a foundatipn and an event an event is something that happens without any alsin – like a thief in the night. In this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St.


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

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. Sep 29, E. Were Badiou to acknowledge controversial claims wherever they are, his book would have profited immensely. That is, Paul advocates a mystical universalism that rejects obscurantist discourse by exceeding it and that proceeds from an event that is more than merely fictitious and subjective.

There is neither Greek nor Jew, man nor woman; and yet, at the same time, there are Greeks and Jews, men and women. In this work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: This book, and a little google fu, helped me learn that Badiou is primarily concer This is a short, dense, fascinating book.

universalisn As Badiou argues, the differences between the Greek and the Jew, the man and the women are not of prime importance. University of Newcastle Library. Wolanski – – Dialogue and Universalism 9. Open to the public. Wright and Gary Habermas to name but two.

The University of Melbourne Library. Marc De Kesel – – Communication and Cognition. For Badiou, Paul is not the father of Christianity as a metaphysical project. Hence, Paul is neither a Jewish prophet who provides signs from God nor a Greek philosopher who persuades through reason. While Paul may have been unhappy with his various cells of Christians prompting his many Letters, did Paul himself lived up to this standard?