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, 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The writings collected in this volume include previously unpublished material as well as the first and final texts that Taube prepared for publication.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.

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 vom 22.11.2017


Thanks to the publication of Apokalypse und Politik, a collection of hitherto scattered writings of Taubes, we can now appreciate more penetratingly what he strove to accomplish by initiating the program of ‘universalization of Gnosticism.’”
Hyowon Cho, arcadia 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