Secularization, History, and Political Theology: The Hans Blumenberg and Carl Schmitt Debate

Considering the enormous outpouring of scholarly work on Schmitt over the last two decades, the absence of an adequate treatment in English of Schmitt's concept of history and the problem of secularization is quite surprising. After all, it is Schmitt himself who claims that “all human beings who plan and attempt to unite the masses behind their plans engage in some form of philosophy of history,” such that the attempt to make sense of Schmitt's program remains incomplete without a serious treatment of his philosophy of history. This article is an attempt to address this problem by means of his exchange with Hans Blumenberg who, more than any other critic of Schmitt, was privy to the political intentions behind Schmitt's metaphorical use of theology. While their discussion is extensive and wide-ranging, I focus here on their diverging philosophies of history, precisely that aspect that is most relevant to gaining a more expansive understanding of Schmitt's arguments, and indeed the relationship between political thought and historical thought
Keywords secularization   political theology   Carl Schmitt   Hans Blumenberg
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/187226311X555473
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,433
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
M. Lievens (2010). Carl Schmitt's Two Concepts of Humanity. Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (8):917-934.
Michael Salter (2013). Carl Schmitt on the Secularisation of Religious Texts as a Resacralisation of Jurisprudence? International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 26 (1):113-147.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

54 ( #90,377 of 1,924,998 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #212,000 of 1,924,998 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.