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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Puzzling in an intellectual work. While respecting the singularity of everyone affected by the Good News, Paul ultimately rejects what he sees as the restrictive prohibitions of Jewish Law.

Despite the absolute need to work together or to form the community of believers based upon the Christ event, sin marks division and discord through this facile myth. Paul is an important figure for Badiou, and I think Paul actually helps understand Badiou as much as the other way around.

Towards metaphysics and capital, the truth procedure can only offer indifference.

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

For Paul, the importance of the messiah was the event of his resurrection. Badiou sees Paul as an opportunity for a very particular type of action. Paul is perfectly aware of the law’s unfailingly “statist” character. And I’m certain I did not grasp all of Badiou’s meaning.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism – Alain Badiou – Google Books

Particularity and wisdom, law and difference, are all overcome in this revolution. Books by Alain Badiou. Moreover, if we incorporate the book of Acts as well as the rest of Paul’s epistles into the study, Badiou will have to admit that there were times when Paul reasoned, and other times when he performed miracles.


Badiou makes it clear early on that he cares little for the religious implications of his book. As such, he is not so much concerned with the details of constructing a historical Paul. 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. Bdaiou matters first of all is the truth of the universal which is neither conceptual nor historical.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

He foumdation to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. Had the book taken this more mystical-materialist approach, I think it would have been more spot on.

Nov 17, Thomas Fackler rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is impossible that the starting point be the Whole, but just as impossible that it be an exception to the Whole.

Universalism cannot, therefore, simply be an image or a doctrine that makes singularities static or seeks to employ them in the service of a particular event understood in only one way. Badiou analyzes those texts linked to St. By structuring their reaction so dialectially, though, fundamentalisms succeed only in reproducing the very structure they seek to disrupt.


In this work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: The law is always predicative, particular, and partial. Now, I believe that all of the canonical epistles were either written or dictated by Paul and I believe there is a lot of evidence to back up my view. In this bold and provocative work, French philosopher Alain Badiou proposes a startling reinterpretation of St.

By “statist” I mean that which enumerates, names, and controls the parts of a situation. After all, he takes the literal existence of 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.

Alain Badiou’s St. Paul

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

Dec 15, Jeremy Sabol rated it it was amazing. View all 3 comments. What the particular individual named Jesus said and did is only the contingent material seized upon by the event in view of an entirely different destiny. Return to Book Page.

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