A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)
By: Ward Blanton (author)Hardback
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Nietzsche and Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a "Platonism for the masses" and faulting Paul the apostle for negating more immanent, material modes of thought and political solidarity. Integrating this debate with the philosophies of difference espoused by Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ward Blanton argues that genealogical interventions into the political economies of Western cultural memory do not go far enough in relation to the imagined founder of Christianity. Blanton challenges the idea of Paulinism as a pop Platonic worldview or form of social control. He unearths in Pauline legacies otherwise repressed resources for new materialist spiritualities and new forms of radical political solidarity, liberating "religion" from inherited interpretive assumptions so philosophical thought can manifest in risky, radical freedom.
Ward Blanton is reader in biblical cultures and European thought at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
Preface to Politics as Materialist Spiritualities: For a Postsecular "Return" of PaulinismPlatonism for the Masses: On the Sacred Cement Shoes of Paul the Apostle1. Contingency; or, Covenantal Comedy: In Praise of Strange Paulinist Federations2. On Being Called Dead: Splitting the Imperative of Being3. Insurrectionist Risk (Paul Among the Parrhesiasts)4. Singularity; or, Spiritual Exercise (Paul and the Philosophical Immanence of Foucault and Deleuze)5. Seizures of Chance: Paulinist Agencies in Neocapitalist ContextsConclusion: New BeginningsNotesIndex
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