Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink, Martin Treml (ed./eds.)
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]

Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Paderborn 2017, 446 pages
ISBN 978-3-7705-6056-1

Jacob Taubes was a scholar whose interests ranged from Judaism to Western philosophy: from Parmenides to Marx and from Kierkegaard to Heidegger and Benjamin. Or, as Taubes himself used to say: “From Ionia to Jena.” He was an existential thinker who understood his epoch as post-apocalyptic while also noticing parallels to late antiquity and its strife between Christ and the Roman emperors. He utilized his religious-historical findings as an arsenal composed of figures and constellations in order to change his present. He chose to pursue this scholarly program, being as alienated from Modernity as Antiquity’s Gnostics were from their historical era. Taubes was also a gifted polemicist. He was never afraid of an altercation, but also understood to appreciate his opponent’s achievements.

The writings collected in this volume include previously unpublished material as well as the first and final drafts that Taubes prepared for publication. They span the period from 1942 to 1987. For the first time, English texts are translated into German, thus making them accessible to a German-speaking audience. These texts serve as an introduction to Taubes’ eschatological and gnostic thinking while also expanding on themes that Taubes explored in his other published works. The collection includes congress speeches, radio lectures, essays, forewords, interventions, book reviews, and appraisals of other authors.

See also:
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 on November 22 2017.


Apokalypse und Politik not only bears witness to the partisan’s masterful skill in plotting (against) history, but it also hints at how demanding it is to live as ‘the partisan of Saint Paul.’”
Hyowon Cho, arcadia. International Journal of Literary Culture 53.1 (2018)



Workshop am IFK Wien
06 Apr 2017 · 2.00 pm

Apokalypse und Politik. Zur Aktualität von Jacob Taubes

IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften/Kunstuniversität Linz in Wien, Reichsratsstr. 17, 1010 Wien (Österreich)

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Media Response

05 Jun 2018
Jacob Taubes: Apokalypse und Politik: Aufsätze, Kritiken und kleinere Schriften. Hgg. Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink und Martin Treml. Paderborn: Fink, 2017. 446 pp.

Review by Hyowon Cho, in: arcadia. International Journal of Literary Culture, Volume 53, Issue 1, 155157 (fee required)

22 Apr 2018
Untergang, Apokalypse und Ethik

Radio review by Catherine Newmark, in Deutschlandfunk Kultur, program: Sein und Streit, 22 Apr 2018, Review of the book »Jacob Taubes: Apokalypse und Politik« from minute 27:57–32:11

22 Jan 2018
Ein radikaler Religionsphilosoph: Jacob Taubes

Review by Gerhard Jung, in: Brouillon. Magazin der Unterhaltung und des Wissens, 22 Jan 2018