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The God of the Poets

Christopher Watkin

in Difficult Atheism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640577
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640577.003.0003
The God of the Poets

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For Badiou, the god of the poets is the most tenacious of deities. The poetic principle of the enchanted world, this god is neither dead nor alive but rather withdrawn. Badiou identifies the peculiarly Romantic open infinite and the motif of incarnation as the twin characteristics of this god. Nancy, though he shares this characterisation of the god of the poets, addresses them differently. Seeking most keenly to avoid an ascetic atheism, Badiou affirms a conception of poetry in terms of the Idea, whereas Nancy, more wary of the danger of parasitic atheism, rewrites the open and incarnation in terms of singular plural sharing and the double gesture of the deconstruction of Christianity.

Keywords: God of the poets; Alain Badiou; Jean-Luc Nancy; Romanticism; Deconstruction of Christianity; The infinite; Presence; Incarnation

Chapter.  16896 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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