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A Materialism for the Masses: Saint Paul and the Philosophy of Undying Life

Ward Blanton


This book argues that genealogical interventions into the political economies of Western cultural memory do not go far enough in relation to the imagined founder of Christianity, the apostle Paul. It explains how Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a “Platonism for the masses” and faulting Saint Paul for negating more immanent, material modes of thought and political solidarity. The book integrates this debate with the philosophies of difference espoused by Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques ... More

Keywords: genealogical interventions, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Christianity, Saint Paul, religion, philosophies of difference, Paulinism, Platonic worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166911
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ward Blanton, author
University of Kent