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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 II: Justice

The Politics of the Post-Theological II: Justice

(p.206) 6. The Politics of the Post-Theological II: Justice
Difficult Atheism

Christopher Watkin

Edinburgh University Press

This final chapter returns to the question of justice in order to investigate how Badiou, Nancy and Meillassoux each seek to secure a notion of universal justice. Meillassoux seeks such a justice in terms of what he calls the philosophical divine, faith in the future existence of the Child of Man, a currently non-existent deity, and faith in the possibility of the resurrection of the dead. For his part, Nancy has a universal demand for justice, a demand that the ‘ontological communism’ of singular plural being be mirrored in social relations. Badiou brings a justice in principle open to all, but of which only some avail themselves when they become incorporated into an Idea. Badiou’s axiomatic account of capital and communism is compared with Nancy’s ontological justice, and the conclusion is drawn that the difference between Idea and singular plural being, between eidos and ethos, traces a fundamental fault line between Nancy’s and Badiou’s communism.

Keywords:   Justice, Resurrection, Capital, Communism, Ontology

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