Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

Alain Badiou Ray Brassier / Aug 17, 2019

Saint Paul The Foundation of Universalism 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

  • Title: Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism
  • Author: Alain Badiou Ray Brassier
  • ISBN: 9780804744713
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 truIn 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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      • Alain Badiou Ray Brassier

        Alain Badiou, Ph.D born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS Alain Badiou was a student at the cole Normale Sup rieure in the 1950s He taught at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes Saint Denis from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll ge International de Philosophie, on topics ranging from the great antiphilosophers Saint Paul, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan to the major conceptual innovations of the twentieth century Much of Badiou s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris Long a leading member of Union des jeunesses communistes de France marxistes l ninistes , he remains with Sylvain Lazarus and Natacha Michel at the center of L Organisation Politique, a post party organization concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of issues including immigration, labor, and housing He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as than a dozen philosophical works.Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today 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 His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.


    1. کتاب به تمام معنا یک شاهکار است و نمونه مثالی از تفسیر یک شخصیت تاریخی براساس نظام فلسفی بکر و ناب. فارغ از اینکه تا چه میزان تفسیر بدیو از پل صحیح باشد و تا چه میزان بتوان از خلال بحث‌های کلیشه‌ای، او را متهم به بدفهمی پل کرد، تفسیر بدیو کاملاً منسجم و سرراست یک حرف را می‌خواه [...]

    2. My first Badiou, and it would feel as if it were my first Paul, had it not been for my fundy upbringing. This is a Paul freed from the "religious thaumaturgy[,] charlatanism.[and] masochistic propaganda extolling the virtues of suffering" of the Gospels (which, at any rate, appeared only after Paul wrote); a Paul freed from "obscurantist" mysticism; a Paul freed from Acts--fascinating for students of narrative, but unchallenging philosophically; and freed from Pascal and Nietzsche's misreadings [...]

    3. In Saint Paul, Alain Badiou argues that, throughout the apostle 'authentic' writings we can find a clear fidelity to a universal and an event (an event is something that happens without any anticipation - like a thief in the night). The event, for Paul, is the resurrection of Christ. The universal, for Paul, is that Jesus rose from the dead. Unlike conceptual or material universals, Paul's universal is not opposed to falsehood. There is no way that Paul's truth - his objective truth - can be cou [...]

    4. A quick read. A dense read. Badiou analyzes those texts linked to St. Paul and shows him to be an antiphilosopher in the same vein as, but more consistent then, Pascal and Nietzsche. This consistency stems from the nature of St. Paul's work - his travels to unify (not codify) a growing group of believers who are organized around (and for St. Paul, in) an event that, for him, transcends history. The event becomes the locus for St. Paul's antiphilosophical progression - a militant universalism to [...]

    5. a very different perspective on Paul than the normal religious one I am used to.Difficult to read if you're not familiar with the writings of Paul. I felt Badiou missed the point on a LOT of things, but at the same time, I enjoyed this book a lot for the intellectual challenge it posed, not to mention the fact that it incited me to look much more deeply on my own into the biblical cannonization process.

    6. Cet ouvrage est une bonne surprise. J’avais peur qu’un philosophe athée comme Badiou nous ressorte les mêmes ficelles critiques envers Saint-Paul, accusé à tort de professer la haine de la vie, des femmes et d’être d’un soit disant dogmatisme écrasant. Badiou nous montre réellement ce qu’est Saint-Paul et en quoi son œuvre est un point de départ vers un certain universalisme. Du temps de Saint-Paul, deux visions du christianisme s’affrontent. Le premier groupe, emmené par P [...]

    7. بدیو در این بازخوانی پولس، نگاهش دلالت‌های سیاسی داره. شریعتی هم با همین نگاه می‌گفت برگردیم و ابوذر رو از نو بشناسیم و

    8. Although Badiou is, I think, correct in asserting that Paul extends his universalist discourse so far as to prevent it from being confined to and monopolized by mystical obscurantist discourse, he misses the fact that Paul is himself mystic on the basis of his own transformative conversion experience who founds universalism out of a mystical event that exceeds all previous mystical discourses. That is, Paul advocates a mystical universalism that rejects obscurantist discourse by exceeding it and [...]

    9. I just re-read-skimmed this, and was pleasantly surprised. I read it first as an undergrad, thrilled to be up to date and onto the next big thing and all that. Since then I've become a little jaded- more than a little. And there are definite eye-rolling moments in this one, but it's also a pretty gripping plea for progressive political thinking to be at least as idealistic as it is critical. Combined with his little book Ethics, in fact, he's managed to provide a great argument against much of w [...]

    10. This is beautiful and alive. I want to go to a church where they study this in Sunday school. Badiou's plowing this ground for his own reasons, which is perhaps part of how it can be so spiritually and intellectually challenging at once."Or let us posit that it is incumbent upon us to found a materialism of grace through the strong, simple idea that every existence can one day be seized by what happens to it and subsequently devote itself to that which is valid for all, or as Paul magnificently [...]

    11. Really one of the most moving philosophical meditations on faith I've read, and from an atheist no less. I was afraid he would be spouting about events and set theory the whole time, and there was actually fairly little of that and quite a bit about faith, hope, love, universality (of affirmation) and transcendence (of critique).

    12. Universalism or sectarianism? The radical "for all" or the remnant? Chronos or kairos? Do you like Alain Badiou or do you like Agamben? I like Agamben, but this book was still pretty good. Badiou lands some pretty savage blows on Pascal and Nietzsche. I didn't know he had it in him.

    13. wonderful, strange, provocative reading of Paul. Paul is an important figure for Badiou, and I think Paul actually helps understand Badiou as much as the other way around.

    14. When Prof. Ted Jennings lectured at First Central earlier in the month, he spoke of the non-Christian, even atheist and Marxist thinkers, who were drawing upon Paul as the revolutionary figure needed for our age. I was not familiar with this body of work, which surprised me, as I have read a lot in Paul studies the last dozen years and radically altered my views on him. So, I Googled to learn more and discovered a rich literature and even textbooks of selections of such writings on Paul.I decide [...]

    15. This little book was a delight to read. As a Badiouist and a comparative religions major, it tickles me in all the right places. Highlighted Paul as a profound thinker rather than the faceless ghoul behind dusty texts from two thousand years ago.

    16. This is a short, dense, fascinating book. I was telling a friend, who is a Medievalist, about reading MacCoby's The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity, a polemical reading of Paul, and he suggested this book by Badiou. I was intrigued. I had never read Badiou, and other than knowing that he was French and one of the in vogue "high theorists," I was basically in the dark about his writing and theory. This book, and a little google fu, helped me learn that Badiou is primarily concer [...]

    17. "Do not be conformed to the present century, but be transformed by the renewal of your thought" (Rom. 12.2)In Saint Paul, Badiou promotes a reading of Saint Paul in opposition to how he has been cast by previous philosophers. Engaging in a stunning display of surgical acumen, slicing the secular metaphysical content from the Christian, Badiou positions Paul as the premiere antiphilosophical thinker establishing the necessary truth procedure to establish the universal subject.Badiou, in short, do [...]

    18. This is written by a French philosopher who is at best undecided in terms of belief. That is in part why it is worth reading. But the most striking part of the book is his discussion of Paul (and therefore Scripture) as a contemporary of today. Badiou gets into a side-bar discussion of French immigration policy (written in 2003) which asks important questions about whether we all really love our neighbors the way that Christian belief would challenge us to do. While Paul may have been unhappy wi [...]

    19. 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 think your investment in the Pauline event is whiggidy whack. You ask the question: What are the conditions for a universal singularity? and you attempt to answer that these conditions exist here in this world, but I am not convinced. Try again?It’s funny to me that I read a book earlier this year [...]

    20. I am rather proud of myself, as I could not find a copy of this book at the library in English I resorted to reading a French copy. Luckily my French hasn't rusted completely!I find Badiou's interest in St. Paul odd yet totally consistent with his philosophy. He makes an excellent case of how Paul relates to Badiou's concept of a truth event, without any sophistry whatsoever. Even though I know a lot of theologians would take issue with this book (and for good reasons) it nonetheless elucidates [...]

    21. I wonder if some interesting connections could be made between this contemporary interest in the universalist implications of the thought of Saint Paul (by both Badiou and Zizek) and the work of Maruyama Masao sniffing out the origins of an indigenous modernity in the Tokugawa thought of Ogyu Sorai.

    22. No me gustó tanto, me parece que tenía muy altas expectativas. Me costó un poco entenderlo. Con estas cosas de Pablo me da la sensación de que entendía hasta antes de leer. Aveces me parece demasiado embrollada la interpretación. No pierdo la esperanza con Badiou, ya le voy a leer alguna otra cosa.

    23. The deadliest book on St Paul I have ever read, exposing him for the anti-philospher he is and extolling him for the same. Now it is easy to see and understand how he created a religion more powerful that the Communist movement. :)

    24. his historical understanding of paul is dismal. his work on "the subject" and "the event" dares to bore you to tears.

    25. I think Badiou cares less interpreting other authors' ideas and more about how those ideas may be appropriated by the radical left.

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