Political Theology II: The Myth of the Closure of any Political Theology
September 2008, Polity
Notes on the Translation.
Guideline for the reader.
I. The Myth of the Ultimate Theological Closure.
1. The Content of the Myth.
2. Hans Barion’s Critique of Political Theology.
3. The Contemporary Significance of the Myth of Closure.
(Hans Maier – Ernst Feil – Ernst Topitsch).
II. The Legendary Document.
1. The Genesis and the Historical limits of the Matter.
2. Politico-theological Interpolation: le roi règne il ne gouverne pas.
3. The Limits of the Matter and Question from the Political Side: Monarchy.
4. The Limits of the Matter and Question from the Theological Side: Monotheism.
5. Eusebius as the Prototype for Political Theology.
6. The Confrontation between Eusebius and Augustine.
III. The Legendary Conclusion.
1. The Claims of the Conclusion.
2. The Assertive Power of the Conclusion.
Postscript. On the Current Situation of the Problem: The Legitimacy of Modernity.
Appendix: ‘Peterson’s conclusion and concluding footnote.’.
Published here for the first time in English, this is Carl Schmitt’s last book.
Carl Schmitt is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important and influential political theorists of the 20th Century. His work has been taken up and much discussed by political theorists in the last few years.
Schmitt is also a very controversial figure, given that he was involved with the Nazi party.
This book will be of great interest not only to political theorists and philosophers but also to theologians.
George Schwab, National Committee on American Foreign Policy and The City University of New York (City College and Graduate Center)
“The publication in English of Carl Schmitt’s
Political Theology II constitutes an important event in the
Anglo-American reception of Schmitt’s thought. In the late
1960s, as the Roman Catholic Church reconciled itself with secular
modernity and West Germany’s liberal democracy resorted to
extra-legal measures in the midst of political crisis, Schmitt
decided to revisit the questions that motivated his thinking in the
early Weimar Republic: can morality only find justification in
transcendental theological sources and must political authority
rest ultimately with an extraordinary sovereign authority?
Obviously, these questions still haunt our world as we move further
into the 21st century.”
John P. McCormick, University of Chicago
“Every student of Schmitt will need to probe his post-1945
writings and will be fascinated by this superb new translation
which brings out Schmitt’s self-imposed continued wrestling,
despite opposition, with the relation between the political and
theological realms. The Introduction gives a full account of why
this thoroughly disturbing thinker continues to mean so much to
both Right and Left.”
Jeremy Tambling, The University of Manchester
"The importance of this text lies not simply in the arguments
herein, important as they are, but especially as an additional
means of situating some of the central concerns that continuously
provoked Schmitt's writings."
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