Political Theology II: The Myth of the Closure of Any Political TheologyCarl Schmitt
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"Why study Schmitt? Like the great thinkers of all ages, he addressed issues that transcend the moment. Political philosophers and political theorists, constitutional lawyers and legal theorists, international relations theorists ideologues of all colors find answers to burning political questions that revolve around the concept of sovereignty." George Schwab, National Committee on American Foreign Policy and The City University of New York (City College and Graduate Center) "The publication in English of Carl Schmitt's Political Theology II constitutes an important event in the Anglo-American reception of Schmitt's thought. In the late 1960s, as the Roman Catholic Church reconciled itself with secular modernity and West Germany's liberal democracy resorted to extra-legal measures in the midst of political crisis, Schmitt decided to revisit the questions that motivated his thinking in the early Weimar Republic: can morality only find justification in transcendental theological sources and must political authority rest ultimately with an extraordinary sovereign authority? Obviously, these questions still haunt our world as we move further into the 21st century.“ John P. McCormick, University of Chicago ”Every student of Schmitt will need to probe his post-1945 writings and will be fascinated by this superb new translation which brings out Schmitt's self-imposed continued wrestling, despite opposition, with the relation between the political and theological realms. The Introduction gives a full account of why this thoroughly disturbing thinker continues to mean so much to both Right and Left.“ Jeremy Tambling, The University of Manchester ”The importance of this text lies not simply in the arguments herein, important as they are, but especially as an additional means of situating some of the central concerns that continuously provoked Schmitt's writings." Polticial Studies Review