A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

Ward Blanton


Nietzsche and Freud observed Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the faith a "Platonism for the hundreds" and faulting Paul the apostle for negating extra immanent, fabric modes of idea and political harmony. Integrating this debate with the philosophies of distinction espoused by way of 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 reminiscence don't pass a ways adequate with regards to the imagined founding father of Christianity.

Blanton demanding situations the belief of Paulinism as a pop Platonic worldview or kind of social keep watch over. He finds in Pauline legacies in a different way repressed assets for brand spanking new materialist spiritualities and new varieties of radical political team spirit, freeing "religion" from inherited interpretive assumptions so philosophical proposal can show up in dicy, radical freedom.

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