The Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political

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:
The Politics of the Post-Theological I: Justifying the Political

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Chapters 5 and 6 take the debate concerning the post-theological into the realm of justice, seeking to discern the contours of a post-theological politics. Chapter 5 discusses the criteriology of any possible relation between Badiou’s ‘atheism’, Nancy’s ‘atheology’ or Meillassoux’s ‘philosophy’ and any ethics or politics whatsoever, opening the question of justice. Each position tries to negotiate the dangers posed by atheistic asceticism and parasitism respectively, Meillassoux through his notion of hyperchaos and the evocation of faith in the god who inexists, Nancy through the linked ideas of ethos and the call, and Badiou through subtraction, decision and wager. Though the question of the criteriology of the political is partially addressed by each position, there is in each case a weakness that leaves the respective political commitments ultimately undernourished by the post-theological thinking in which they take root.

Keywords: Politics; Justice; Atheology; Hyperchaos; Ethos; Decision

Chapter.  16926 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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