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Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Cultural Memory in the Present) Paperback – May 6, 2003
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Original Language: French --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Badiou provides a universalist theory that includes the difference but where there is no difference and boundaries for the sake of the ethical. No Jew nor Greek, no men nor women, to be all to all men.
There are two sides to this book. On one hand, Badiou appears as a sort of atheist apologist for Paul, whom he seeks to clear of common insults against his person popular since Nietzsche and others (such as being a mysoginist, a despiser of earthly life, etc.) Badiou wants us to view Paul not in the popularized polemic distortion that pervades atheists in academia but rather as the prototypical 'poet-thinker of the event'.
On the other hand, in so far as one can say this of Paul, Badiou wants to extract from his portrayal a revolutionary philosophy of 'the event' and its founding of universiality. Here, the argument becomes complexly interwined with the words of Paul and Christian discourse; however, it brings with it a certain uncanny lucidity as the revolutionary universiality of the Resurrection in Paul's discourse sets the scene to disolve and overcome the particularities of the Judaic and Greek status quo.
The jarring discontinuities and prior bias in the first chapter of Babiou's book set me to look at other aspects of Babiou's work. What I found was that: "truth" need not be factual but may be based solely on belief; he makes no distinction between good and evil except situationally -- example, torture is good or evil depending on whether you agree with the purpose for which it is being used; and capitalism is bad per se while pure communism, as envisioned by Mao Ze Dong, is the political/social ideal.
Badiou arrives at such conclusions based on his study of (among otrhers) Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx. With that, he declares himself at the beginning as an atheist looking at Paul simply as an implement of revolution overturning Jewish and Greek thought processes within the Roman hegemony. Along the way, every aspect of "capital" or "capitalism" is negative, and Maoist political theory and practice are the ideals toward which society should strive.
I kept thinking how much more sense Badiou could make of the world if he redd more of John Locke and less of Rousseau. But that would run against his grain because Locke saw man's actions in relation to the natural law of freedom established by God. Babiou's Maoist atheism, as an extension of Rousseau's godless collectivism, naturally could not accept God as having any place in the world of ideas.Read more ›
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A very analytical approach to Saint Paul, but yet very understanding. I've taken away much from this book.Published 15 months ago by Roman Melnyk
This is the first review I am doing as part of an attempt to become familiar with Alain Badiou despite having about twenty or so of his books to wade through since midsummer. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by William S Jamison
It may be difficult to approach Badiou's reading of St. Paul without being familiar with his philosophy in general: in short he seems to claim that the Christ-Event, which never... Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Derek Murphy