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The Fables Of Alain Badiou

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A tension runs through the lucidly militant work of Alain Badiou. It takes various shapes, such as the tension between the rigorous ontology of mathematics and the structures of narrative, or between fiction and argument, image and formula, poem and matheme, or Anglo-American analytic rationalism and continental lyricism. However, the shape of that tension that interests the author most is between the triumphant banishing of theology via mathematics and its perpetual recurrence in his thought. This chapter begins by considering the absolute blockage of theology in Badiou's philosophy, specifically through his banishment of the one. The author is particularly interested in the way theology has a ghostly presence in what appears for all the world like a fifth 'procedure of truth', in his enthusiastic affirmations of Pascal and Kierkegaard, and the play between fable and truth in his engagement with the apostle Paul.

Keywords: Alain Badiou; Kierkegaard; Paul; theology



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