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To Carl Schmitt: Letters and Reflections (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) Hardcover – 21 May 2013

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Jacob Taubes (1923-1987) was professor of Jewish studies and hermeneutics at the Free University of Berlin. His books include From Cult to Culture: Fragments Toward a Critique of Historical Reason; Occidental Eschatology; and The Political Theology of Paul. Keith Tribe is an independent scholar and the author of Strategies of Economic Order: German Economics, 1750-1950. He is also the translator of works by Reinhart Koselleck and Wilhelm Hennis. Mike Grimshaw is associate professor in sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short introduction explicates political theology thoroughly 1 Jan. 2015
By Clint Schnekloth - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've been wanting to read a concise introduction to political theology and why it matters, the introduction to this volume by Mike Grimshaw is outstanding. It really clarifies some essential questions that many political theologians reference but rarely explicate, such as why "the exception" matters in political theology (it is the secularized version of a miracle) and why the sovereignty of the state and the sovereignty of God are transformed in a post-Christian context. It also goes straight at the central issue for all of us, the intrinsic anti-Semitism not just of Weimar Germany, but of perhaps Christianity as a whole, and therefore everything secular which is still Christian in its post-Christianness. Readers will want to also read Taubes's other work on Paul, and read Carl Schmitt's work, but this volume is an outstanding supplement and summary.

For the record, and for a future edition, there are a LOT of typos in the introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arch-Jew and (obligatory) Anti-Semite: BFFs 3 May 2013
By Rowan G. Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
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An extraordinarily pleasant and engaging read. Jacob Taubes explains his frenemy-relationship with Carl Schmitt. This book sheds new light upon the problematics of the (Hegelian-Kojèvean) End of History, of political theology vis-a-vis an occidental eschatology of counter-revolution latent in Schmitt's work and thought. Taubes recounts several profoundly fascinating anecdotes which shed new light on figures such as Alexandre Kojève, Walter Benjamin & Heidegger; Taubes' recollections also bring to light certain connections between Schmitt, Orthodox Judaism and the Rise of the American Academic right - and on the constitution of the Israeli state.

Taubes, the Radical Arch-Jew, and Schmitt, the Reactionary Anti-Semite: BFFs in a silent dialogue.
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