St. Paul Among The Philosophers

Paperback | July 6, 2009

EditorJohn D. Caputo, Linda Martín Alcoff

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In his epistles, St. Paul sounded a universalism that has recently been taken up by secular philosophers who do not share his belief in Christ, but who regard his project as centrally important for contemporary political life. The Pauline project-as they see it-is the universality of truth, the conviction that what is true is true for everyone, and that the truth should be known by everyone. In this volume, eminent New Testament scholars, historians, and philosophers debate whether Paul's promise can be fulfilled. Is the proper work of reading Paul to reconstruct what he said to his audiences? Is it crucial to retrieve the sense of history from the text? What are the philosophical undercurrents of Paul's message? This scholarly dialogue ushers in a new generation of Pauline studies.

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In his epistles, St. Paul sounded a universalism that has recently been taken up by secular philosophers who do not share his belief in Christ, but who regard his project as centrally important for contemporary political life. The Pauline project-as they see it-is the universality of truth, the conviction that what is true is true for ...

John D. Caputo is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. He is author or editor of several publications, including The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (IUP, 2006) and Transcendence and Beyond: A Postmodern Inquiry (IUP, 2007).Linda Martín Alcoff is Laura J. and Douglas Meredith Professor ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.6 inPublished:July 6, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Postcards from Paul: Subtraction versus Grafting / John D. Caputo
Part 1. Paul among the Philosophers
1. St. Paul, Founder of the Universal Subject / Alain Badiou
2. From Job to Christ: A Paulinian Reading of Chesterton / Slavoj Zizek
Part 2. Paul between Jews and Christians
3. Historical Integrity, Interpretive Freedom: The Philosopher's Paul and the Problem of Anachronism / Paula Fredriksen
4. Paul between Judaism and Hellenism / E. P. Sanders
5. The Promise of Teleology, the Constraints of Epistemology, and Universal Vision in Paul / Dale B. Martin
6. Paul among the Antiphilosophers; or, Saul among the Sophists / Daniel Boyarin
7. Paul's Notion of Dunamis: Between the Possible and the Impossible / Richard Kearney
8. Concluding Roundtable: St. Paul among the Historians and the Systematizers
List of Contributors
Index

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"Caputo... offers a concise, lucid introduction that is worth the price of this valuable book, which makes accessible Badiou's difficult text on Paul, and offers a compelling (postconference) essay by Zizek on Job. But context determines meaning, and much of the value in this book (and the drama of the conference) rests in the trenchant evaluations by biblical historians-especially Paula Fredriksen (Boston Univ.) and Daniel Boyarin (UC-Berkeley)-of Badiou and Zizek's appropriations of Paul at Paul's expense. Philosophers, beware of historians' careful constructions of meaning! They too believe in truth....Essential. --Choice" -S. Young, McHenry County College, Feb. 2010