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Badiou and Theology (Frederiek Depoortere) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2009) 9780567032614
Badiou and Theology (Frederiek Depoortere) Hardcover Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2009) 9780567032614
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Title: Badiou and Theology

Author: Depoortere, Frederiek

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780567032614

Volumes: 1; Pages: 176

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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.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Alain Badiou, Theology and the Political

1. Christianity and the Modern Passion for the New

2. The Theological Promise of Alain Badiou

3. The Threefold "Death" of God: Badiou's Challenge to Theology

4. Aim and Scope of the Present Volume

Chapter 1: Faith and the Existence of God

1. Religion and Faith: Terminological Clarifications

a. Religion

b. Faith

b.1. Dei Filius on Faith

b.2. Thomas Aquinas on Faith

b.3. Conclusion

c. Conclusion

2. The Existence of God Revisited

a. The Closed Circle of Faith: An Example

b. An Analysis of Existential Statements in General

c. An Analysis of the Statement "God Exists"

d. Aquinas's Understanding of Being and the Being of God

e. In Conclusion

Chapter 2: Badiou on Being

1. The Mathematical Turn

2. Ontology: Theory of the Pure Multiple

3. Ontology: Theory of the Void

a. Introducing the Issue of Zero

b. The Multiple of Nothing

c. The Void

d. Theory of the Void

4. The Actual Infinite

5. In Conclusion

Chapter 3: First Steps Towards a Future Theological Evaluation of Badiou's Ontology

1. Aquinas on God's Infinity and Unity

2. Cantor on Aquinas, Origen and Augustine on the Mathematical Infinite

3. Cantor on the Absolute

4. God's Infinity and Unity Revisited in the Context of Set Theory



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