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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Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

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. By structuring their reaction so dialectially, though, fundamentalisms succeed only in reproducing the very structure they seek to disrupt. The Foundation of Universalism. B Book English Show 0 more libraries This practice does not replace law with lawlessness, but sees itself beyond itself.

He makes an excellent case of how Paul relates to Badiou’s concept of a truth coundation, without any sophistry whatsoever. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. I get the sense that the event is more Badiou’s thing than Paul’s, but he makes a pretty convincing argument that we can read Paul this way.

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

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 universaoism in what strikes me as special pleading about Paul’s attitudes towards women preachers and note Badiou’s dance with the word “filiation! In this sense, the radical universalism he advocates acts as a disjointed bridge connecting the event and making it contemporary with the concerns of the multitude that declares it.


Paul is perfectly aware of the law’s unfailingly “statist” character. bsdiou

Presses universitaires hhe France, B Book English Monash University. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Since then I’ve become a little jaded- more than a alakn. Le discours juif a besoin du discours grec pour affirmer son exception parmi le cosmos. Paul centers his thought upon a fabulous event–the resurrection–which opens up the opportunity to create a new, universal humanity, a new creature.

Dec 15, Jeremy Sabol rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Paul’s work – his travels to unify not codify a growing group of believers who are organized around and for St. If a truth is to surge forth eventally, it must be nondenumer able, impredicable, uncontrollable.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

There is no way that Paul’s truth – his objective truth – can be countered because it is not in the order of the noetic or the physical. To what end can the figure of Paul really help us think about the event? The deadliest book on St Paul I have ever read, exposing him for the anti-philospher he is and extolling him for the same. Thirdly, it is only because Badiou dismisses the book of Acts as ‘ideologically tainted’ a common Marxist tactic – the book, Badiou claims, was most likely written to appeal to Roman society “[Acts] is [probably] an official document, whose function is to provide an account of the first decades of Christianity that would be as uniform, organization, and “Roman” as possible” 26 – that he can assert that Paul avoided using rational arguments and miracles to authenticate his message.


This leads me to believe kf he’s only relying on a minimal number of scholarly sources the fact that Badiou does not reference his historical statements really bothers me. Badiou, in short, does not repudiate the existence of difference “in the situation,” but rather suggests that there is no such thing as a fundamental difference. It can only perpetuate itself in in-difference, in a difference that constantly seeks its own repetition as absolutely different and singular.

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

These 2 locations in Western Australia: This is a short, dense, fascinating book. Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: The static repetition of the law seeks an absolute harmony with earlier images bzdiou the event.

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

B Book English Griffith University. This is written by a French philosopher who is at best undecided in terms of belief. Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May revolt in Paris. Open to the public Book English Macquarie University. To see what your friends thought of this book, ofundation sign up.