I have regularly posted the classes I am taking each semester. This time around, however, I am only taking two and writing my thesis. One is a biology class (without a lab!) that was crafted by our one and only biology professor for liberal arts students struggling to meet their science credit requirements. It’s a decently enjoyable class – certainly a nice change of pace from the thesis. The other class I’m taking is also going to be a lot of fun:
Topics in Philosophy/Theology: Paul and the Philosophers
In recent years Paul has begun to appear in the world of philosophy as one who awakens mainstream philosophy from its power-induced slumbers. Philosophers like Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacob Taubes, and Slavoj Zizek address Paul in the spirit of a radical philosophy that offers a revolutionary critique of power grounded in the logic of capitalism, sovereignty, and the idolization of identity. This course will examine the reception of Paul in these contemporary philosophers with special attention to notions of truth, subjectivity, universality, and to critiques of power, and to the relationship between law and love.
Alain Badiou, St. Paul: The Foundations of Universalism
Slavoj Zizek, The Fragile Absolute Or, Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For
Jacob Taubes, The Political Theology of Paul
Giorgio Agamben, The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans
John Milbank, Slavoj Zizek, and Creston Davis, Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology