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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 Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political

The Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political

(p.168) 5. The Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political
Difficult Atheism

Christopher Watkin

Edinburgh University Press

Chapters 5 and 6 take the debate concerning the post-theological into the realm of justice, seeking to discern the contours of a post-theological politics. Chapter 5 discusses the criteriology of any possible relation between Badiou’s ‘atheism’, Nancy’s ‘atheology’ or Meillassoux’s ‘philosophy’ and any ethics or politics whatsoever, opening the question of justice. Each position tries to negotiate the dangers posed by atheistic asceticism and parasitism respectively, Meillassoux through his notion of hyperchaos and the evocation of faith in the god who inexists, Nancy through the linked ideas of ethos and the call, and Badiou through subtraction, decision and wager. Though the question of the criteriology of the political is partially addressed by each position, there is in each case a weakness that leaves the respective political commitments ultimately undernourished by the post-theological thinking in which they take root.

Keywords:   Politics, Justice, Atheology, Hyperchaos, Ethos, Decision

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