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Master of Arts (MA)
Wise, Christopher, 1961-
Vulić, Kathryn R., 1972-
Hanania, Cecile, 1968-
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.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Schmitt, Carl, 1888-1985. Begriff des Politischen. English; Schmitt, Carl, 1888-1985--Criticism and interpretation; Derrida, Jacques. Donner la mort. English; Derrida, Jacques--Criticism and interpretation
Subject – LCSH
Religion and politics
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Durden, William, "From public/private spheres to tout autre est tout autre: christianity and politics in Carl Schmitt's The concept of the political and Jacques Derrida's The gift of death" (2008). WWU Graduate School Collection. 3.