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dc.contributor.authorBriton, Derek
dc.identifier.other2007 Theory, Faith, Culture: An International Interdisciplinary Conference at Cardiff University, Wales, July 4-6, 2007
dc.descriptionThe paper I presented was well received and elicited a lively debate. After the presentation, I was approached by the conference organizer, Dr. Chris Weedon, and invited to submit a chapter to an edited collection based on papers presented at the conference. The press has yet to be confirmed, but Cambridge and Peter Lang are interested. I also suggested AU Press as a possibility. My presentation was based on hand-written notes (some of which derived from a conference I attended June 21-23 (Materialism Today, Birkbeck College, London), and which I had not yet had an opportunity to write up. It’s unlikely that I’ll commit these notes to written form, as is, since I’ll use them to prepare the chapter I’ve agreed to submit to the edited collection.en
dc.description.abstractAccording to Giorgio Agamben, it is only through the lens of Walter Benjamin's "Messianic Marxism” that the truly revolutionary message of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans becomes apparent. In his The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans, Agamben sets out to defend this claim, most notably against the central thesis of Alain Badiou's Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism: that "a universal thought, proceeding on the basis of the worldly proliferation of alterities (the Jew, the Greek, women, men, slaves, free men, and so on) produces a Sameness and Equality (there is no longer either Jew, or Greek, and so on)" (Badiou, 109). The proposed presentation will reveal not only why Agamben is mistaken to doubt Badiou but also why it is Badiou’s reading of Paul, not Agamben’s, that delivers the Saint’s truly radical insight into the transition from Law to Love, from Authority to Freedom.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAcademic & Professional Development Fund (A&PDF)en
dc.subjectGiorgio Agambenen
dc.subjectSt. Paul's Epistle to the Romansen
dc.titleUniversalism as Production of the Same: St. Paul’s Path Through Law to Loveen

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