Badiou and Theology

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In Badiou and Theology Frederiek Depoortere takes the first steps in a theological engagement with Alain Badiou, in many ways one of the most idiosyncratic and thought-provoking contemporary philosophers, Although Badiou is a radical atheist, he is one of the representatives of the recent philosophical 'turn' to Saint Paul.

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Overview

In Badiou and Theology Frederiek Depoortere takes the first steps in a theological engagement with Alain Badiou, in many ways one of the most idiosyncratic and thought-provoking contemporary philosophers, Although Badiou is a radical atheist, he is one of the representatives of the recent philosophical 'turn' to Saint Paul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032621
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/17/2009
  • Series: Philosophy and Theology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,417,256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Frederiek Depoortere is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation — Flanders (FWO) at the Faculty of Theology, K.U.Leuven (Belgium) and a member of the research group 'Theology in a Postmodern Context'.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations viii

Introduction: Alain Badiou, Theology and the Political 1

1 Christianity and the Modern Passion for the New 1

2 The Theological Promise of Alain Badiou 5

3 The Threefold 'Death' of God: Badiou's Challenge to Theology 10

4 Aim and Scope of the Present Volume 21

1 Faith and the Existence of God 26

1 Religion and Faith: Terminological Clarifications 26

2 The Existence of God Revisited 37

2 Badiou on Being 57

1 The Mathematical Turn 58

2 Ontology: Theory of the Pure Multiple 61

3 Ontology: Theory of the Void 66

4 The Actual Infinite 81

5 In Conclusion 93

3 First Steps towards a Future Theological Evaluation of Badiou's Ontology 95

1 Aquinas on God's Infinity and Unity 98

2 Cantor on Aquinas, Origen and Augustine on the Mathematical Infinite 103

3 Cantor on the Absolute 110

4 God's Infinity and Unity Revisited in the Context of Set Theory 117

Notes 128

Bibliography 148

Index 155

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