Divine democracy: Political theology after carl schmitt

Vatter, Miguel 2021, Divine democracy: Political theology after carl schmitt, Oxford University Press, Oxford, Eng., doi: 10.1093/oso/9780190942359.001.0001.

Title Divine democracy: Political theology after carl schmitt
Author(s) Vatter, Miguel
Publication date 2021
Total pages 298
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication Oxford, Eng.

The ‘return of religion’ in the public sphere and the emergence of postsecular societies have propelled the discourse of political theology into the centre of contemporary democratic theory. This situation calls forth the question addressed in this book: Is a democratic political theology possible? Carl Schmitt first developed the idea of the Christian theological foundations of modern legal and political concepts in order to criticize the secular basis of liberal democracy. He employed political theology to argue for the continued legitimacy of the absolute sovereignty of the state against the claims raised by pluralist and globalized civil society. This book shows how, after Schmitt, some of the main political theorists of the 20th century, from Jacques Maritain to Jürgen Habermas, sought to establish an affirmative connection between Christian political theology, popular sovereignty, and the legitimacy of democratic government. In so doing, the political representation of God in the world was no longer placed in the hands of hierarchical and sovereign lieutenants (Church, Empire, Nation), but in a series of democratic institutions, practices and conceptions like direct representation, constitutionalism, universal human rights, and public reason that reject the primacy of sovereignty.

ISBN 9780190942359
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190942359.001.0001
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30154664

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