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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. hence, it truly is attainable to
read Badiou’s philosophy as positioned 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 of the loss of life of God, which he is familiar with in a
threefold experience because the demise of the God of faith, the God of metaphysics, and the God of
the poem. bankruptcy 2 translates the most components of Badiou’s ontology—the identity
of arithmetic and ontology, the multiple-without-one, the void, and the infinite—as an
anti-theology. bankruptcy three examines intimately the formal points of Badiou’s idea of fact
and the topic, together with the kinds regarding the latter. bankruptcy four discusses the reality
procedures of technological know-how, artwork, love, and politics as stipulations for philosophy, the interrelation
among them, and the jobs that sophism and anti-philosophy play within the building of
philosophy. at the foundation of the floor lined 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, based through a formalized eschatology.

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113 Indeed, as Franke suggests, this understanding of the world “as a totally integrated and internally self-regulating system” is itself “constituted by the projection onto the world of a certain theological paradigm of ‘aseity,’ literally ‘being unto Franke, 217. See Karl Löwith, Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosoophy of History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957). ”114 Hence the quite obvious theological connotations and structure of the Hegelian dialectic, a structure that Badiou comments on frequently, as we will see in detail in Chapter 5.

Nietzsche, The Will to Power, 13; emphasis in original. 116 Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 181/125 and Nietzsche, The Antichrist, 568, respectively. 117 Peter Hallward, Badiou: A Subject to Truth (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003), 7. 114 115 37 death. ’”118 In what follows, we will consider how Badiou’s own thinking on the matter both coincides with and diverges from Hegel’s and Nietzsche’s own respective articulations of the death of God. 121 Or, to put the matter in Luther’s terms, the difference is between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross.

1 2 51 merely to repeat the work of others on these issues. 5 If, as I will argue in the chapters that follow, Badiou’s philosophy still relies on theology in important ways, understanding and taking seriously the anti-theological intent of his ontology serves as a necessary propaedeutic to the argument that follows. This chapter is divided into two main sections. In the first section, I discuss in some detail Badiou equation of mathematics and ontology. Discussing this equation, grasping what is meant by the claim that mathematics is ontology, is necessary, since it serves as the foundation for reading Badiou’s ontology as an anti-theology.

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