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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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Political Theology and the Figure of the Sacrificial Enemy

(p.140) Chapter Seven Stasiology
After Secular Law

Banu Bargu

Stanford University Press

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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