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Badiou and Theology - Philosophy and Theology (Paperback)
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Badiou and Theology - Philosophy and Theology (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 17/09/2009
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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. The French philosopher Alain Badiou (born 1937), is one of the main representatives of a 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. The text is segmented into five parts. In Depootere's introduction, Badiou's interpretation of Nietzsche's proclamation of the death of God is presented. The life and work of Badiou is then briefly outlined to give some context to later passages. This is followed by two sections on Badiou's relationship to Pauline theology and a conclusion which posits the question of An Atheistic Political Theology. Here, Badiou's atheistic reading of Saint Paul is unpicked and demonstrated as a fruitful addition to theological study. Depootere's focus is on "Badiou's Saint Paul: La fondation de l'universalisme" (1998; translated into English in 2003 as "Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism"). Through a close reading of this important work, the main themes of Badiou's philosophy are introduced and their theological relevance examined. "The Philosophy and Theology" series looks at major philosophers and explores their relevance to theological thought as well as the response of theology.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567032621
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 13 mm


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'This is not a book this is the explosion of what happens when the world's greatest living philosopher, Alain Badiou and history's most perfect logics (theology) meet each other. Being theology's first careful and sustained engagement with Badiou's work by one of the brightest young and capable theologians in our time, this book cannot be ignored. Depoortere deftly maneuvers and situates an orthodox catholic theology by drawing on a range of figures and themes from Thomas Aquinas and other theological giants to Cantorian set-theory and the ontology of mathematics. Depoortere does this with such precision, rhetorical beauty and integrity that what you get is a genuine and real engagement with Badiou's ontology without backing down or conceding a single point. This is not your standard 20th century "ironic" theology that tries to pass itself off for its fake twin the secular world. The upshot of this book unappologically shows how the Christian passion for the new brings Badiou's work into a promising engagement and will surely change the very framework by which we understand theology and the infinite in our time.' - Creston Davis, Rollins College, Florida, USA--Sanford Lakoff
'Why theology have to discuss with a post-maoist, atheist philosopher and mathematician, even if he is shiny, famous and influential? How can such an encounter become a "theological promise"? In his book" Badiou and Theology", F. Depoortere took up the challenge and gave the proof that such a conversation can lead to a high-level intellectual debate as well as an authentic theological research. Badiou meets Theology through different levels: definition of the subject, definition of the infinite and its relation with God, possibility of a true faith after the death of the living God of religion, Paul's achievements. F. Depoortere shows an impressive skill to sustain the conversation on the various fronts opened by Badiou's thought: philosophy, mathematics and theology. His book is a brilliant example of the way Theology has to face contemporary intellectual challenges."' - Benoit Bourgine, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium--Sanford Lakoff

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