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Difficult AtheismPost-Theological Thinking in Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux$
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Christopher Watkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640577

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640577.001.0001

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The God of the Poets

The God of the Poets

(p.58) 2. The God of the Poets
Difficult Atheism

Christopher Watkin

Edinburgh University Press

For Badiou, the god of the poets is the most tenacious of deities. The poetic principle of the enchanted world, this god is neither dead nor alive but rather withdrawn. Badiou identifies the peculiarly Romantic open infinite and the motif of incarnation as the twin characteristics of this god. Nancy, though he shares this characterisation of the god of the poets, addresses them differently. Seeking most keenly to avoid an ascetic atheism, Badiou affirms a conception of poetry in terms of the Idea, whereas Nancy, more wary of the danger of parasitic atheism, rewrites the open and incarnation in terms of singular plural sharing and the double gesture of the deconstruction of Christianity.

Keywords:   God of the poets, Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Romanticism, Deconstruction of Christianity, The infinite, Presence, Incarnation

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