Antiphilosophy of Christianity

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Abstract

This text presents and addresses the philosophical movement of antiphilosophy working thru the texts of Christian thinkers such as Pascal and Kierkegaard. The author as influenced by Alain Badiou, portrays these Christian thinkers as of a subjective dimension negating the possibility of an objective quest for truth. The claim here is that antiphilosophy is abundant in the eyes of these two thinkers who frame the thought event as represented by Christianity, ultimately resigning itself to more or less the opposite of philosophy itself. Readers will discover why philosophical reason should never be convinced by that which denies its very authority. Subjecting faith to the perils of philosophical analysis, confronting the philosophical tradition with the truth of the Christian faith, and occupying the space between the two: such are the challenges facing an antiphilosophy of Christianity. This text will appeal to researchers and students working in continental philosophy, philosophy of religion and those in religious studies who want to investigate the links between Christianity and antiphilosophy.

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Chapters

Mocking Philosophy

Pascal and Kierkegaard, throughout their short lives, remained aloof from philosophy and its scholars, which no doubt explains their relative isolation within the history of ideas. There is certainly no denying that the arguments which Pascal and Kierkegaard deploy against philosophy are themselves ... see more

Contemporary Connections

Pascal and Kierkegaard do not claim any theological authority whatsoever. They produced fragmentary texts aimed less at promising or convincing than at underlining a paradoxical “perhaps,” the scandalous possibility of the impossible. Only a “maybe” that does not calculate can overcome a bet that at... see more

“Risk Is truth”

Real philosophy does not consist in endless discussion of theoretical devices but in deciding, and taking sides. The necessary conditions which make this act possible, discussed in this chapter, are the wager and faith. The latter is a phenomenon which defies rational powers, precisely because reaso... see more

“Hear God”

The third dimension of the antiphilosophy of Christianity radicalises its opposition to the sterile certainties of philosophy. The disruptive agenda of antiphilosophy can in fact be expressed in five statements: first Statement: “The external is of no use without the internal”; second Statement: “Yo... see more

Introduction: The Pascal of the North, the French Kierkegaard

Pascal and Kierkegaard are two philosophers who have been the subject of numerous comparative studies in recent decades. Numerous commentators have noted, in their respective works, a shared desire to introduce doubt into Christian belief. Above and beyond biographical comparisons, the two thinkers ... see more

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