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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Robert A. Yelle, and Mateo Taussig-Rubbo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.001.0001

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Stasiology

Stasiology

Political Theology and the Figure of the Sacrificial Enemy

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(p.140) Chapter Seven Stasiology
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After Secular Law
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Banu Bargu

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775366.003.0008

This chapter analyzes three permutations in Carl Schmitt's usage of the term “political theology.” First, it represents a “static structural homology” in which the political and theological are seen to share a common institutional form, vocabulary, and origin. Second, it is a “dynamic affiliation, mixture, or convergence” in which the two interpenetrate. Third, it is a relation where the two are combined. To illustrate the different ways of conceptualizing the linkages between the two, this chapter looks at the concept of sacrifice.

Keywords:   Carl Schmitt, political theology, religious sacrifice, political sacrifice

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