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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

(p.27) Letter to Carl Schmitt
To Carl Schmitt

Jacob Taubes

Keith Tribe

Mike Grimshaw

Columbia University Press

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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