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By Ward Blanton

ISBN-10: 0231536453

ISBN-13: 9780231536455

Nietzsche and Freud observed Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the faith a "Platonism for the masses" and faulting Paul the apostle for negating extra immanent, fabric modes of proposal and political team spirit. Integrating this debate with the philosophies of distinction espoused by means of Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ward Blanton argues that genealogical interventions into the political economies of Western cultural reminiscence don't move a long way adequate with regards to the imagined founding father of Christianity.

Blanton demanding situations the assumption of Paulinism as a pop Platonic worldview or type of social keep an eye on. He finds in Pauline legacies another way repressed assets for brand spanking new materialist spiritualities and new kinds of radical political harmony, releasing "religion" from inherited interpretive assumptions so philosophical proposal can take place in dicy, radical freedom.

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As for On the Soul, Le Boulluec concludes: “il est donc tout a fait vraisemblable que les Eclogae propheticae contiennent des extraits du Περὶ ψυχῆς annoncés par Clément dans les Stromates” (Le Boulluec, “Commentaire” [SC 279:288]). 13 6 chapter one “weight” of that text. As I explain in what follows, I adopt the conclusions of Pierre Nautin and André Méhat, who demonstrated that the Clement’s writings constitute a progressive disclosure of Christian tradition, a mystagogy of sorts, organized according to specific pedagogical principles, and that the Eclogae, Excerpta, and Adumbrationes represent the pinnacle of Clement’s curriculum.

51 Heussi, “Die Stromateis des Clemens Alexandrinus,” 487–90. 52 Osborn, Clement, 15 n. 45; Idem, “Teaching and Writing,” 342. 53 Osborn, “Teaching and Writing,” 343. 16 chapter one contradictions, deliberate omissions, and explains that such techniques were designed to make it possible that “the content of the oral teaching or tradition should find its way into the written text, but in such a way that its presence will be missed by the casual or unprepared reader and sniffed, as it were, by the student who has somehow been made aware of the deeper issues (Strom.

Bousset (Jüdisch–christlicher Schulbetrieb, 268) offers the following description of the type of speculations Clement endulged in: “Wir schauen hier in eine bunte, gefährliche, von kirchlicher Kontrolle noch ganz unberührte Gesamtauffassung hinein. Eschatologische Phantasien vom Aufstieg und der Entwicklung der Seele nach dem Tode stehen im Mittelpunkt dieser Gedankenwelt. Damit verbindet sich die Annahme von Stufen innherhalb der Geisterwelt. . ” For the hypothesis of lecture notes, see Bousset, Jüdisch-christlicher Schulbetrieb, 155–271, esp.

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