Saint Paul : The Foundation of Universalism Hardback
by Alain Badiou
Part of the Cultural Memory in the Present series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press
- Publication Date: 09/05/2003
- Category: Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
- ISBN: 9780804744706
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