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Perilous FuturesOn Carl Schmitt's Late Writings$
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Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501726545

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501726545.001.0001

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The Return of Political Theology

The Return of Political Theology

(p.143) 5 The Return of Political Theology
Perilous Futures

Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Cornell University Press

The fifth chapter goes back to Schmitt’s 1922 Political Theology to frame the author’s late return to this theme. The chapter argues that this return underscores the centrality of political theology for Schmitt’s late work in general. It means to show that Schmitt in his debate with the theologian Erik Peterson and the philosopher Hans Blumenberg in Political Theology II emphasizes the need for theological foundations. They can be found in the New Testament. As a consequence, he stresses the continued relevance of political theology.

Keywords:   Political theology, Church, Secularisation, Sovereignty, Katechon, Christian trinity

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