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To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections

Jacob Taubes


A philosopher, rabbi, religious historian, and Gnostic, Jacob Taubes was for many years a correspondent and interlocutor of Carl Schmitt (1888–1985), a German jurist, philosopher, political theorist, law professor—and self-professed Nazi. Despite their unlikely association, Taubes and Schmitt shared an abiding interest in the fundamental problems of political theology, believing the great challenges of modern political theory were ancient in pedigree and, in many cases, anticipated the works of Judeo-Christian eschatologists. In this book, the two intellectuals work through ideas of the apocal ... More

Keywords: political theology, Jacob Taubes, Carl Schmitt, Nazi, political theory, liberal democracy, Giorgio Agamben, Peter Sloterdijk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231154123
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231154123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob Taubes, author