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Difficult Atheism Post-theological Thinking in Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux

by Christopher Watkin

Part of the Crosscurrents Series

Difficult Atheism Post-theological Thinking in Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux Synopsis

Difficult Atheism shows how contemporary French philosophy is rethinking the legacy of the death of God in ways that take the debate beyond the narrow confines of atheism into the much broader domain of post-theological thinking. Christopher Watkin argues that Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux each elaborate a distinctive approach to the post-theological, but that each approach still struggles to do justice to the death of God.

Difficult Atheism Post-theological Thinking in Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux Press Reviews

This book is a brilliant presentation of debates between key figures in the recent turn to religion (even in the shape of an insistent atheism or a-theism) in continental philosophy. Chris Watkins positions his work very precisely between philosophies of the finite (Nancy) and of the infinite (Badiou). The author could not have his finger more firmly on the pulse of contemporary discussion of these matters. I cannot think of a book on such difficult material written with more sparkle or clarity. -- David Wood, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University This book is a brilliant presentation of debates between key figures in the recent turn to religion (even in the shape of an insistent atheism or a-theism) in continental philosophy. Chris Watkins positions his work very precisely between philosophies of the finite (Nancy) and of the infinite (Badiou). The author could not have his finger more firmly on the pulse of contemporary discussion of these matters. I cannot think of a book on such difficult material written with more sparkle or clarity.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780748640577
Publication date: 1st May 2011
Author: Christopher Watkin
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 296 pages
Categories: Philosophy,

About Christopher Watkin

Christopher Watkin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of French at Monash University. In 2009 he published Phenomenology or Deconstruction? The Question of Ontology in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul RicA ur and Jean-Luc Nancy with Edinburgh University Press. His next project will consider the notion of equality in contemporary French thought.

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