Books The Next
posted by May 22 at 17:22 PMon
Because I made my comments quota for the month, I can dedicate my next posts to the only thing that really matters to me: philosophy. First, I will discuss Steven Shaviro’s recent essay on Alfred Whitehead’s God, and how that philosopher’s idea of God differs from Spinoza’s God. From the difference, Shaviro makes this astonishing claim: Whitehead wanted nothing less than the secularization of God. To grasp this claim, we must leave theology and travel to the realm of political philosophy. The end of that journey is an essay by Hannah Arendt: “Introduction to Politics.” In that essay we will find an excellent example of the secularization of God, and how this example is related to Alain Badiou’s leading concept: “the event.” To understand what an event is, we shall turn to Badiou’s most popular book in English, Ethics. The event, Arendt’s politics, and God in Spinoza and Whitehead will be the path. The target of the posts is to show how certain theological themes and concerns can have, without the loss of their aura (in the Benjaminian sense), a place (or substance) in a world that has no God (“the age of reality”) .