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Date Permissions Signed

5-14-2008

Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Wise, Christopher, 1961-

Second Advisor

Vulić, Kathryn R., 1972-

Third Advisor

Hanania, Cecile, 1968-

Abstract

This essay argues that Carl Schmitt's political theory in The Concept of the Political functions as a site for exploring the relationship between Christianity and politics in Western history. The author suggests that Schmitt's theory is both informed by and yet inconsistent to orthodox Catholicism through an analysis of the terms public and private as used in Schmitt's writings and in St. Augustine's The City of God. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's consideration in The Gift of Death of the concept of responsibility, the author also posits that Schmitt's political definition, here representative of realist politics, is not only opposed to Christianity but to the history of the ethico-political in the Western. This essay concludes by suggesting renewed critical discussion of the intersection of religion and politics.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

237232606

Digital Format

application/pdf

Subjects – Names (LCNAF)

Schmitt, Carl, 1888-1985; Derrida, Jacques

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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