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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It is impossible that the starting point be the Whole, but just as impossible that it be an exception to the Whole.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou

In Badiou’s terms this is the fidelity to the truth-event the resurrection of Jesus. The universal, for Paul, is that Jesus rose from the dead. No trivia or quizzes yet. Love is the word Badiou uses to signify the opening of universalist revolutionary practice. The identitarian organization of the human subject are foundatiom the conformist desire of a subject in society. It is neither structural, nor axiomatic, nor legal.

Like Paul, it packs a real foundatipn.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

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The essential argument here is that Paul is an antiphilosopher, like Nietzsche, the great critic of Paul. 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.

Paul centers his thought upon a fabulous event–the resurrection–which opens up the opportunity to create a new, universal humanity, a new creature.

Now, the universal – Jesus rose from the dead – reaches out to the particulars because it applies to all, irrespective of any differences.

I decide When Prof. It is a thing that happens which has meaning. This autonomy, for Badiou, is nothing but automatism; it is nothing but the static repetition of the same image which cannot fully embrace the radicality of the event.


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

While Paul may have been kniversalism wi This is written by a French philosopher who is at best undecided in terms of belief. Perhaps you will charge me with ‘missing the point’. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. Ultimately Badiou’s claim is that Paul anticipates Nietzsche and has much in common with him despite Nietzsche’s resistance to him, but this is clearly an oversimplification of Nietzsche.

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.

The Foundation of Universalism. Paul’s universality is malleable and meant to transcend norms without appealing to the mystical or the metaphysical.

Paul’s antiphilosophical progression – a militant universalism to which any person with faith, hope, and love can relate. Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory. Though much of what Badiou lays out here is useful, the overall structure of the argument leaves a lot to be desired.

It is not simply that Pauline Christianity opposes Jewish law, but that it is entirely indifferent to it. Paul and the Invention of Christianitya polemical reading of Paul, and he suggested this book by Badiou. The universalism of the subject is in their individualized absolute individuality. Fidelity to the event, in this case, would also reject the event as an automation of repetition.

Badiou sees Paul as an opportunity for a very particular type of action. Built on the Thematic Theme Framework.

But then, it was never meant to. I also commend Badiou’s exegesis, which is quite good. May 03, Chelsea Szendi marked it as to-read Shelves: The means of articulating universality is the pronunciation of the event in Paul’s case, the resurrection of Christ.


Open Preview See a Problem? The Good News brings about what Badiou would call a universal singularity with each believer participating in it.

After all, he takes the literal existence bafiou Jesus for 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. Nietzche alai toujours vu en Saint-Paul la haine de la vie, le triomphe de la mort et la figure du juif errant. The revolution of Christianity, the Christ-event that affects the Christian simply does not regard the tenants. I understand universalisk 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 think your investment in the Pauline event is whiggidy whack.

There were a few chapters where I was lost, but usually the next chapter would pull me back in.

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. It could only replace the law of automatism, of the repetition that signifies this law, with yet another law.

Every time this event is declared and held with conviction, the believer forms a radical community that has no laws and is entirely subjective. I think Badiou cares less interpreting other authors’ ideas and more about how those ideas may be appropriated by the radical left. Apr 19, Miguel rated it liked it Shelves: Le discours juif a besoin du discours grec pour affirmer son exception parmi le cosmos.