To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture)

Jacob Taubes


A thinker, rabbi, spiritual historian, and Gnostic, Jacob Taubes was once for a few years a correspondent and interlocutor of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985), a German jurist, thinker, political theorist, legislation professor―and self-professed Nazi. regardless of their not going organization, Taubes and Schmitt shared an abiding curiosity within the primary difficulties of political theology, believing the good demanding situations of contemporary political idea have been historic in pedigree and, in lots of circumstances, expected the works of Judeo-Christian eschatologists.

In this choice of Taubes's writings on Schmitt, the 2 intellectuals paintings via principles of the apocalypse and different imperative ideas of political theology. Taubes recognizes Schmitt's reservations concerning the weak point of liberal democracy but distances himself from his prescription to rectify it, arguing the apocalyptic worldview calls for much less of a inflexible hierarchical social ordering than a group devoted to the significance of choice making. In those writings, a sharper and extra nuanced portrait of Schmitt's suggestion emerges, in addition to a extra complex figuring out of Taubes, who has formed the paintings of Giorgio Agamben, Peter Sloterdijk, and different significant twentieth-century theorists.

Show sample text content

Download sample