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Badiou and Theology (Philosophy And Theology Series)

Frederiek Depoortere

Badiou and Theology (Philosophy And Theology Series)

Frederiek Depoortere

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The French philosopher Alain Badiou (born 1937), is one of the main representatives of a recent philosophical homage to Saint Paul. Yet, Badiou is not a believer in the traditional sense, let alone a Christian philosopher. On the contrary, he rejects transcendence and pleads for a radical this-worldliness.

^ ^This does not mean however that his work is of no use for theologians, though a theological engagement with him will necessarily take some time. This book takes the first steps in that direction. It focuses on Badiou's ontology because his challenge to theology, and more in particular to the doctrine of God, is to be found at this level of his system.

^ ^The starting point is Badiou's claim that nowadays true religion and true faith are no longer possible. This claim is evaluated in three parts: first the theological context in which ontology becomes necessary, second why we should turn to Badiou as a plausible source for such an ontology, and third, Badiou's atheist stance and its implications. Depoortere shows that Badiou's atheist ontology can nevertheless be opened towards God.



- Publisher Depoortere traces the links between French philosopher Alain Badiou and Pauline theology in the face of Nietzsche's proclamation of the death of God.>

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The French philosopher Alain Badiou (born 1937), is one of the main representatives of a recent philosophical homage to Saint Paul. Yet, Badiou is not a believer in the traditional sense, let alone a Christian philosopher. On the contrary, he rejects transcendence and pleads for a radical this-worldliness.

^ ^This does not mean however that his work is of no use for theologians, though a theological engagement with him will necessarily take some time. This book takes the first steps in that direction. It focuses on Badiou's ontology because his challenge to theology, and more in particular to the doctrine of God, is to be found at this level of his system.

^ ^The starting point is Badiou's claim that nowadays true religion and true faith are no longer possible. This claim is evaluated in three parts: first the theological context in which ontology becomes necessary, second why we should turn to Badiou as a plausible source for such an ontology, and third, Badiou's atheist stance and its implications. Depoortere shows that Badiou's atheist ontology can nevertheless be opened towards God.


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Depoortere traces the links between French philosopher Alain Badiou and Pauline theology in the face of Nietzsche's proclamation of the death of God.>
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Meet the Author

Frederiek Depoortere

Dr Frederiek Depoortere is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at the Katholike Universiteite, Leuven, Belgium, and a member of the Research Group Theology in a Postmodern Context. He is the author of The Death of God: An Investigation into the History of the Western Concept of God and Christ in Postmodern Philosophy: Gianni Vattimo, Rene Girard, and Slavoj Zizek.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction: Alain Badiou, Saint Paul And The Threefold Death Of God; 1. Alain Badiou: Life And Work; 2. Reading Saint Paul Atheistically; 3. Taking Saint Paul Seriously?; Conclusion: An Atheistic Political Theology?
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