Abstract

Slavoj Žižek's fascinating and complex attempt at an appropriation of the authentic legacy of Christianity for a revivified politics of universality is traced in the light of certain affinities to concepts of Carl Schmitt's political theology. It is argued that these two thinkers not only share a similar canon of (Christian) thinkers, but also an emphasis on the necessity of maintaining and/or reintroducing a distinction between friend and enemy for a properly political thought. Moreover, particular attention is paid to the way the relationship between Judaism and Christianity is enacted in several of Žižek's texts.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 14-29
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-07
Open Access
No
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