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Disappearance of the Enemy and Political Theology - ‘Katechon’ and Messiah for Carl Schmitt

Hang KIM 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article focused on Carl Schmitt’s political theology, dealing with the hidden dialogue between Carl Schmitt and the so-called Marcion’s heirs after World War I. In so doing, a main question of this article is how Schmitt thought about the redemption of the messiah in his political theology. Schmitt shared a diagnosis of the times after WWI with Marcion's heirs who witnessed a catastrophe brought by WWI and appropriated gnosticism in which a sort of eschatalogical way of thinking had been basically contained. But Schmitt did not aim to overcome the present regime but rather attempted to revitalize a kind of conservative Catholic politics. After WWII, Schmitt took Hans Blumenberg as his enemy because Blumenberg’s thesis of the ‘legitimacy of modernity’ could be read as a strong objection to his political theology. Even in 1960s Schmitt tried to protect his political doctrine. Schmitt’s political theology contains a kind of primordial problematique of western political thoughts, and it is still worth reading in our age.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.