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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Cet ouvrage est une bonne surprise. For Badiou, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: If you don’t mind getting tied in knots by some lively, post-structuralist French theory then give this a shot.

Only those who are quite ignorant of recent and historical debates can assert such a claim with this kind of confidence once again, Badiou makes no effort to reference his assertion. Instead, it is theoretical universality.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. He even cites Greek sometimes, and his translations check out although I am not super versed in the Koine dialect.

For Badiou, Paul is not the father of Christianity as a metaphysical project. In this work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: He felt that if Paul was to be used by atheists and Marxists, surely the resurrection would be cast aside. Dec 13, Laura rated it it was ok.


Preview — Saint Paul by Alain Badiou.

Revolution, foudation, moves beyond itself in an act that serves to perpetuate what it is. Badiou lands some pretty savage blows on Pascal and Nietzsche.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

What matters first of all is the truth of the universal which is neither conceptual nor historical. While Paul may have been unhappy with his various cells of Christians prompting his many Letters, did Paul himself lived up to this standard? Wright and Gary Habermas to name but two. I also commend Badiou’s exegesis, which is quite good. Yet, also familiar enough that I could resonate with Badiou’s discussion.

I certainly enjoyed navigating it, and now I’m interesting aoain reading more of Badiou’s ouvre. The universal, for Paul, is that Jesus rose from the dead. Jul 11, Daniel rated it did not like it. It is a non-dialectical movement that shatters any normalizing conception of difference as a networked reality under Jewish law.

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

The Law returns as a beyond of the law, the community returns as a beyond of the community, love returns time and time again—but beyond itself. Home About Editorial Board. Combined with his little book Ethics, in fact, he’s managed to provide a great argument against much of w I just re-read-skimmed this, and was pleasantly surprised.

Despite the founndation need to work together or to form the community of believers based upon the Christ event, sin marks division and discord through this facile myth.

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. 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. The means of articulating universality is the pronunciation of the event in Paul’s case, the resurrection of Christ.


Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Paul is a Christian insomuch as he participates in the Christ-event, insofar as he participates in the collective effort that politicizes the resurrection of Christ as something that can organize the multitude towards revolution. The deadliest book on St Paul I have ever read, exposing him for the anti-philospher he is and extolling him for the same.

Thus he remains French, despite his disdain for “French identitarian fanaticism” as evidenced in Le Pen and French anti-veiling laws.

Roger Whitson is a Ph. This book, and a little google fu, helped me learn that Badiou is primarily concer This is a short, dense, fascinating book.

For Paul, the importance of the messiah was the event of his resurrection. Even though I know a lot of theologians would take issue with this book and for good reasons it nonetheless elucidates I am rather proud of myself, as I could not find a copy of this book at the library in English I resorted to reading a French copy.