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Jacob Taubes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231154123

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231154123.001.0001

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Letter to Carl Schmitt

Letter to Carl Schmitt

Chapter:
(p.27) Letter to Carl Schmitt
Source:
To Carl Schmitt
Author(s):

Jacob Taubes

Keith Tribe

Mike Grimshaw

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231154123.003.0004

In this letter dated September 18, 1979, Jacob Taubes addresses Carl Schmitt as “friend” and goes on to comment on Erik Peterson's critiques of Schmitt. Taubes then makes a reference to the psalmist's “true are the wounds that the arrow of a friend inflicts,” and he appears to be establishing himself as the Jewish “friend” inflicting wounds of truth; this wounding by and of a friend is what lies at the heart of this correspondence, a wounding in the name and pursuit of truth. Central to Taubes's questioning is how the German Church was able to support a political “theozoology.” In reading this correspondence, it becomes evident that Taubes's engagement with Schmitt is in both the realm and form of political theology.

Keywords:   political theology, Jacob Taubes, Carl Schmitt, Erik Peterson, friend, political theozoology

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