The ill legitimacies of the modern age : Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg in correspondence

Show simple item record Kistner, Ulrike 2016-10-14T10:21:18Z 2016-10-14T10:21:18Z 2016
dc.description.abstract In making the case for the public role of religion in post-modernity, post-secularism posits the translatability of the claims of religion into claims on the grounds of morality and rationality. While much scope is given to this interrelation, the problem of legitimacy/legitimation, if not conjured away altogether, has received rather less attention. Placing it centre-stage, this article proposes to investigate it within the framework of political theology. To the re-statement of the problematic of ‘secular modernity’, the debates between Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg make a definitive contribution, which I would like to consider in this article. In the eyes of some commentators, Schmitt and Blumenberg hold opposed positions on modernity – Schmitt asserting the persistence of political theology in the political forms of modern societies, and Blumenberg tracing the recession of the theological, making way for reflexive modernity. However, far from a simple opposition, we can observe a complex intertwinement of their respective positions. With the shifting sand between them, the common ground of their opposition disintegrates, opening paths for investigating an interarticulation of their claims, now no longer mutually exclusive or contradictory, with possibilities for an account of the role of the theologico-political distinct from, and beyond (post-) secularism debates. en_ZA
dc.description.department Modern European Languages en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Kistner, U 2016, 'The ill legitimacies of the modern age : Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg in correspondence', Acta Germanica, vol. 44, pp. 206-218. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0065-1273
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Southern African Association of German en_ZA
dc.rights Southern African Association of German Studies en_ZA
dc.subject Post-secularism en_ZA
dc.subject Political theology en_ZA
dc.subject Secularisation en_ZA
dc.subject Legitimacy en_ZA
dc.subject Modernity en_ZA
dc.title The ill legitimacies of the modern age : Carl Schmitt and Hans Blumenberg in correspondence en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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