Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism, Volume 24, Issues 1-6

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Stanford University Press, May 6, 2003 - Philosophy - 128 pages
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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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totally lost ... especially when he cites chinese commis ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Hm, Badiou: I understand that you are, to some degree, responding to theories that you think are overly deconstructive and despairing - while still pushing against the trappings of capitalism - but I ... Read full review


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Alain Badiou holds the Chair of Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure 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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