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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mar 30, Michael rated it liked it. This is a Paul freed univedsalism the “religious thaumaturgy[, I was afraid he would be spouting about events and set theory the whole time, and there was univesralism fairly little of that and quite a bit about faith, hope, love, universality of affirmation and transcendence of critique.

Of course, it’s easy to see why Badiou might want to discuss his views about universalism in such erudite academic terms.

Badiou really wants to show us the relevance of using and appropriating the example of Paul for revolutionary projects today.

May 03, Chelsea Szendi marked it as to-read Shelves: I will use some passages in sermons, I’m sure. Two drawbacks to the book–no bibliography and no index. 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 bbadiou thief in the night. Christianity never exists outside of the believer declaring the truth of the Christ-event.

So, I Googled to learn more and discovered a rich literature and even textbooks of selections of such writings on Paul. As a Badiouist and a comparative religions major, it tickles me in all the right places.


This univegsalism specific and forceful declaration is an act of appropriation par excellence. Dec 31, Albert rated it really liked it. In baadiou work, Badiou argues that Paul delineates a new figure of the subject: The event can only be called attention to in this moment of in-difference; and this in-difference, for Badiou, marks the only possibility for a revolutionary understanding of universalism.

No pierdo la esperanza con Badiou, ya le voy a leer alguna otra cosa. This little book was a delight to read.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism

The means of articulating universality is the pronunciation of the event in Paul’s case, the resurrection of Christ. Badiou explains how our current political climate is so ruled by commodity fetishism that we have started to treat identities as commodities, and even when we try to recognize identities for the force of good, e.

Badiou shows that the Pauline figure of the subject still harbors a genuinely revolutionary potential today: It is impossible that the starting point be the Whole, but just as impossible that it be an exception to the Whole.

The universal, for Paul, is that Jesus rose from the dead.

Feb 03, Jessica Zu rated it liked it Shelves: Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. When I began the book, I rolled my eyes, for a sentence like this is what makes contemporary French philosophy almost impossible: Lists with This Book. Account Options Sign in. Paul’s project is to show that a universal logic of salvation cannot be reconciled with any law, be it one that ties thought to the cosmos, or one that fixes the effects of an exceptional election.

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. To ask other readers questions about Saint Paulplease sign up. Thus he remains French, despite his disdain for “French identitarian fanaticism” as evidenced in Le Pen and French anti-veiling laws.


The most problematic aspect of Badiou’s book, however, is the lack of references used.

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou

sanit Badiou, however, does not. The Antidialectic of Death and Resurrection. The Foundation of Universalism is yet another religious intervention into a practical philosophy that can help us understand the eventizing of revolutionary activity. The Division of the Subject.

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed. The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou. For Univerxalism, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: It repeats the event in a pathetic attempt to recapture a lost revolutionary moment.

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

Paul centers his thought upon a fabulous event–the resurrection–which opens up the opportunity to create a new, universal humanity, a new creature. For Badiou, Paul is neither the venerable saint embalmed by Christian tradition, nor the venomous priest execrated by philosophers like Nietzsche: 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.

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.

It is neither structural, nor axiomatic, nor legal. No trivia or quizzes yet.