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Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Cultural Memory in the Present)

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804744713
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Release Date: May 06, 2003
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.40 x 8.50 x 5.50 inches
  • Sales Rank: 98542

Overview

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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