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Enactment, Politics, and Truth


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Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Proclamation, Performativity, and Declaration Chapter 2: Pauline Pistis as a Radical Attitude Chapter 3: Articulating the Political Chapter 4: Pistis between Truth and Untruth Bibliography Index

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Analyzes the interpretations of Pauline faith by Heidegger, Badiou, and Agamben.

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Antonio Cimino is Assistant Professor in the History of Contemporary Philosophy at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His books include Phanomenologie und Vollzug: Heideggers performative Philosophie des faktischen Lebens (2013) and, as co-editor, Rethinking Faith: Heidegger between Nietzsche and Wittgenstein (Bloomsbury, 2016).


Antonio Cimino brings clarity to this larger conversation by isolating the Pauline theme of pistis as a way of limiting the conversation partners. This leads him to Martin Heidegger, Alain Badiou, and Giorgio Agamben ... This book, in a mere 163 pages, distills, analyzes, critiques their work, and challenges their conclusions. * Reading Religion *
Cimino's book is top-notch scholarship coupled with significant and enriching philosophical analysis, and is essential reading for anyone interested in not only Continental thinking regarding St. Paul, but also Continental thinking and its Postmodern elements in general. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Cimino's Enactment, Politics, and Truth is a seminal work on the 'Pauline Renaissance' in 20th-century continental philosophy. Cimino provides a systematic overview of the reappropriation of the Pauline epistles in Heidegger, Agamben, and Badiou, showing that in contrast to Nietzsche's dismissive attitude toward the apostle, all three thinkers discover in Paul key elements for their own philosophical projects. Exploring their different but interconnected ways of reading Paul in the context of their search for 'postmetaphysical' modes of thinking, Cimino's book develops into a profound and insightful reflection on the complicated exchange between faith and philosophy in contemporary continental thought. * Jussi Backman, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland *
The excellent book you hold in your hand is an original and challenging intervention which transforms the current struggle to situate the Pauline legacy in relation to continental philosophy. While recent philosophy has given birth to a new 'Paulinist politics' by distancing the apostle from Nietzsche's famous attack on Paul as a mere 'Platonism for the masses,' Cimino moves in precisely the opposite direction. He argues against contemporary messianisms, philosophies of the event, and the fetish for pure performativity of language, claiming that we find in a philosophical Paul precisely a refashioned Platonic politics of trust, which we ourselves need now more than ever. Cimino's is a profound, moving, and perplexing new synthesis that demands respect as history, as philosophy, and finally as a plea for a new politics. * Ward Blanton, Reader in Biblical Cultures and European Thought, University of Kent, UK *

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