with the assistance of Theresia Heuer and Anja Schipke
Jacob Taubes: Apokalypse und Politik
Aufsätze, Kritiken und kleinere Schriften
[Jacob Taubes: Apocalypse and politics. Essays, critiques and small writings]
Jacob Taubes was a scholar whose interests ranged from Judaism to western philosophy, a range that took him on mental journeys from Parmenides to Marx and Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Benjamin; or as Taubes used to say, »from Ionia to Jena«. He was an existential thinker, who understood himself to be living in a post-apocalyptic epoch, a time that he saw as analogue to an early Christian age characterized by strife between Christ and the Roman emperors. He used his findings in the field of religious history as an arsenal of figures and constellations to better understand and change his time. In pursuing this scholarly program, he revealed himself to be as alienated from modernity as Antique Gnostics were from their own historical era. Taubes was gifted at stirring controversy, but he also understood the importance of maintaining dignity and respect for one’s interlocutors, even when deploying polemical arguments.
The writings collected in this volume include previously unpublished material as well as the first and final texts that Taube prepared for publication. They encompass the period between 1942 and 1987. Texts written in English are translated into German, making them accessible for the first time to a German-speaking audience. These serve as an introduction to Taubes’ eschatological and gnostic thinking, but also build on themes that Taubes explored in other published works. The collection includes congress speeches, radio lectures, essays, introductions, interventions, book reviews and texts written to celebrate the works of other authors.
Jacob Taubes: APOCALYPSE AND POLITICS. Their interaction in transitional communities. Undated manuscript in English (original version) of »Apocalypse and Politics«, probably from the late 1960s. Published by courtesy of Ethan and Tania Taubes of New York, in: ZfL BLOG vom 22.11.2017