Nietzsche Versus Paul

Paperback | March 31, 2015

byAbed Azzam

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Abed Azzam offers a fresh interpretation of Nietzsche's engagement with the work of Paul the Apostle, reorienting the relationship between the two thinkers while embedding modern philosophy within early Christian theology. Paying careful attention to Nietzsche's dialectics, Azzam situates the philosopher's thought within the history of Christianity, specifically the Pauline dialectics of law and faith, and reveals how atheism is constructed in relation to Christianity.

Countering Heidegger's characterization of Nietzsche as an anti-Platonist, Azzam brings the philosopher closer to Paul through a radical rereading of his entire corpus against Christianity. This approach builds a compelling new history of the West resting on a logic of sublimation, from ancient Greece and early Judaism to the death of God. Azzam discovers in Nietzsche's philosophy a solid, tangible Pauline structure and virtual, fragile Greek content, positioning the thinker as a forerunner of the recent "return to Paul" led by Badiou, Agamben, ?i?ek, and Breton. By changing the focus of modern philosophical inquiry from "Nietzsche and philosophy" to "Nietzsche and Christianity," Azzam initiates a major challenge to the primacy of Plato in the history of Western philosophy and narrow certainties regarding Nietzsche's relationship to Christian thought.

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Abed Azzam offers a fresh interpretation of Nietzsche's engagement with the work of Paul the Apostle, reorienting the relationship between the two thinkers while embedding modern philosophy within early Christian theology. Paying careful attention to Nietzsche's dialectics, Azzam situates the philosopher's thought within the history o...

Abed Azzam teaches philosophy at the University of Potsdam and the University of Marburg and is affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. From Dionysian Tragedy to Christianity2. From Judaism to Christianity3. Jesus-Christ and the Two Worlds of Early Christianity4. Paul: The First Christian5. Science and Art After the Death of God6. Beyond Modern TemporalityNotesBibliographyIndex

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A brilliant reconstructive projective which fills a genuine lacuna in recent scholarship in history, philosophy, and theology alike. Nietzsche versus Paul is coherent, well formulated, and of extraordinary importance for all of the larger philosophical and historical discussions which have emerged, surprisingly, to become some of the most pressing 'theory' topics of our time.