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4.0 out of 5 stars St Paul without religion!?, 12 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Cultural Memory in the Present) (Paperback)
I found this to be an excellent read. It helped having a prior knowledge of Badiou's work (Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil is a good place to start. Badiou's project in this book is to show that Paul was a theoretician of truth, not truth as revelation but truth as Truth in good old philosohical terms.
After a short introduction to St Paul, Badiou gets stuck into the meat of his theory. Where the resurrection (for Badiou nothing more than a fable) is the good news of Paul, nothing new here. What Badiou does however is remove the religious aspects of Paul to show that what he was really doing was explicating and founding universal truth. In the end though because Paul is basing his truth upon a fable Badiou claims that Paul is in fact an antiphilosopher. A very interesting book.
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