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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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Difficult Atheism

Difficult Atheism

(p.95) 3. Difficult Atheism
Difficult Atheism

Christopher Watkin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter continues the evaluative comparison of Badiou’s and Nancy’s approach to doing justice to the death of God by comparing the key moment in their respective accounts, namely axiomatisation and the double movement of dis-enclosure. The first half of the chapter begins with a consideration of Badiou on the event, dismissing attempts by a number of critics to assimilate the Badiouian event to the miracle. The argument then moves to the more productive ground of Badiou’s axioms of being and the question of proof in relation to the axiomatic. The second half of the chapter probes Nancy’s discussion of ‘a/theism’, ‘absentheism’ and ‘atheology’ as ways to circumvent the mutually reinforcing duality of theism and atheism. In conclusion, the chapter considers whether Nancy’s deconstructive atheology is commensurable with Badiou’s axiomatic atheism, arguing that atheology is in fact to be understood as the truth of atheism.

Keywords:   Axiom, Deconstruction of Christianity, event, Atheology

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