Published here for the first time in English, this is Carl Schmitt
's last book. Carl Schmitt
is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important and influential political theorists of the 20th Century. His work has been taken up and much discussed by political theorists in the last few years.
Political Theology II is Carl Schmitt
's last book. Part polemic, part self-vindication for his involvement in the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), this is Schmitt's most theological reflection on Christianity and its concept of sovereignty following the Second Vatican Council. At a time of increasing visibility of religion in public debates and a realization that Schmitt is the major and most controversial political theorist of the twentieth century, this last book sets a new agenda for political theology today. The crisis at the beginning of the twenty-first century led to an increased interest in the study of crises in an age of extremes - an age upon which Carl Schmitt
left his indelible watermark. In Political Theology II , first published in 1970, a long journey comes to an end which began in 1923 with Political Theology . This translation makes available for the first time to the English-speaking world Schmitt's understanding of Political Theology and what it implies theologically and politically.
Translated by Michael Hoelzl and Graham Ward