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

Jacob Taubes ~ Carl Schmitt
Briefwechsel mit Materialien
[Jacob Taubes ~ Carl Schmitt: Correspondence with Materials]

Wilhelm Fink Verlag, München 2011, 327 pages
ISBN 978-3-7705-4706-7

After many years of mutual knowledge and recognition, Jacob Taubes and Carl Schmitt finally gave up the distance and exchanged a total of 36 letters between 1977 and 1980. They document a conversation between two intellectuals who were as important as they were scandalous. Collected from various estates, they are collected here for the first time and presented with commentary.
Between the philosopher of religion from a rabbi family, founding professor of the first chair for Jewish Studies in Germany at all, and the constitutional and international law expert, party supporter of the Nazis from 1933 to 1936, who did not hold any public offices after 1945 but nevertheless remained highly influential, a dialogue develops on current questions of state and political theology. St. Paul as the first non-liberal Jew, Thomas Hobbes as thinker of the world civil war avant la lettre, Erik Peterson and Leo Strauss as Schmitt's interlocutors, Walter Benjamin as common reference figure - their echo echo echoes in a correspondence in which the thinking is subjected to the certainty of (er)solving revelation and Catholic form, determined by the apocalyptic affect and the work of the catechist, and finally located in the cold space of absolute decisions.

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Media Response

18 Jun 2014
Hans Blumenberg und Jacob Taubes

Review by Rüdiger Zill, in: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 37/2 (2014), 180–183 (fee required)

01 Jun 2013
Jacob Taubes ~ Carl Schmitt. Briefwechsel mit Materialien

Review by Yitzhak Ahren, in: Freiburger Rundbrief. Zeitschrift für christlich-jüdische Begegnung 3 (2013), 227–229

30 Dec 2012
Jacob Taubes ~ Carl Schmitt

Review by Georg Koch, in: Widerspruch. Münchner Zeitschrift für Philosophie 56 (2012)

29 Apr 2012
Bloß nicht liberal werden

Article by Cord Riechelmann, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 29 Apr 2012

07 Feb 2012
Eine schmale Korrespondenz

Review by Stephan Schlak, in: Deutschlandradio Kultur, Program Radiofeuilleton: Kritik, 07 Feb 2012, 14:33

30 Jan 2012
Geheimnisvolle Kassiber

Review by Hans-Martin Lohmann, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 30 Jan 2012

12 May 2010
De Maistre und andere Reaktionäre

Article on the contribution of Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink and Martin Treml, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 May 2010