By Hollis D. Phelps IV

This dissertation interrogates the connection among the philosophy of Alain Badiou and
Christian theology. extra in particular, the argument of this dissertation is that Badiou’s
philosophy, regardless of its professed atheism, is still conditioned by means of Christian theological
concepts and the formal components of Christian eschatology. consequently, it really is attainable to
read Badiou’s philosophy as located someplace among theology and anti-theology. To
make this declare, this dissertation is split into 5 chapters. bankruptcy 1 reads Badiou’s
philosophy as dependent round the subject matter of the loss of life of God, which he knows in a
threefold feel because the dying of the God of faith, the God of metaphysics, and the God of
the poem. bankruptcy 2 translates the most parts of Badiou’s ontology—the id
of arithmetic and ontology, the multiple-without-one, the void, and the infinite—as an
anti-theology. bankruptcy three examines intimately the formal features of Badiou’s thought of fact
and the topic, together with the kinds regarding the latter. bankruptcy four discusses the reality
procedures of technological know-how, paintings, love, and politics as stipulations for philosophy, the interrelation
among them, and the jobs that sophism and anti-philosophy play within the development of
philosophy. at the foundation of the floor coated within the first 4 chapters, bankruptcy five isolates
a theological point that coincides with anti-philosophy on the middle of Badiou’s
philosophy, and argues that this point is, in flip, established via a formalized eschatology.

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On Badiou’s account, mathematics, whose orientation he takes as atemporal and infinite, had served as a necessary condition for philosophy since its Greek, that is, Platonic, inception up to and including Kant. ”157 The problem, here, is not with poetry as such. Badiou has nothing but respect for the poets he is fond of citing, poets such as Hölderlin, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Trakl, Pessoa, Madelstam, and Celan, and he is clear that poetry, alongside science, politics, and 154 Justin Clemens, The Romanticism of Contemporary Theory (Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2003), 195.

Badiou gives extremely condensed versions of this thesis in Briefings on Existence, 21-22 and Alain Badiou, The Century, trans. Alberto Toscano (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2007), 165-178. As Badiou puts it in The Century, 166, “[T]he God of monotheisms has been dead for a long time, no doubt for the last two hundred years . ” 127 Badiou, Briefings on Existence, 24. , 24. 125 126 40 an inverse correlation between modernization and the decline of religious belief, for many this thesis no longer seems as persuasive as it once was.

95 Walter Kaufmann, Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist, 4th ed. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974) 113-114. 96 Nietzsche, The Will to Power, 4; emphasis in original. ”97 The creation of new values, of values that, for Nietzsche, are affirmative rather than denigrating of life, requires passing through nihilism, going through and perhaps beyond the death of God. ”98 However, in order to pass through nihilism on the way to the creation of new values, it is first necessary to take a step back, working patiently and carefully, “with a hammer as with a tuning fork” or even a “scalpel,”99 through the moral and intellectual tradition that has culminated in nihilism.

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