St. Paul among the Philosophers

St. Paul among the Philosophers

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Publication date: 07/06/2009
ISBN: 978-0-253-00363-8
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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.

Author Bio

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 of Philosophy at Syracuse University. She is author of Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self and editor (with Eva Feder Kittay) of The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy.


“This is an exceptional work of scholarship with contributors who are distinguished in their fields, and who bring insight and excitement to the study of a set of classical texts.”
 — David Odell-Scott, Kent State University

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Table of Contents

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