Roman Catholicism and Political Form

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The relationship between economic and political thinking has reached a crisis at the end of the 20th century. Already at the beginning of this century, in Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Carl Schmitt juxtaposed a juridical interpretation of religion oriented to the political sphere to Max Weber's sociological interpretation oriented to the economic sphere in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
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Overview

The relationship between economic and political thinking has reached a crisis at the end of the 20th century. Already at the beginning of this century, in Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Carl Schmitt juxtaposed a juridical interpretation of religion oriented to the political sphere to Max Weber's sociological interpretation oriented to the economic sphere in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
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A translation based on the third German edition of the essay "Romischer Katholizismus und politische Form" by controversial German political theorist, Carl Schmitt 1888-1985, first published in 1923. The brunt of Schmitt's argument is concerned with the political consequences of Protestant inwardness and worldly asceticism, for which he finds an antidote in the political idea of Catholicism. An earlier essay, "The Visibility of the Church," written in 1917, is included as an appendix. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
New York Review of Books

“This work is important because it shows that beneath Schmitt’s surface realism lie some very firm notions about the ideal political order and how nearly the Catholic Church once embodied it.”—Mark Lilla, New York Review of Books

— Mark Lilla

Political Theory
“Perhaps no thinker in the last one hundred years has so relentlessly and so perspicaciously interrogated the categorical quandaries and social contradictions of liberal political theory and practice. . . . In Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Schmitt, himself, begins to blueprint a truly political agenda by promoting Catholicism as friend and Russia as enemy.”—Political Theory



History of Religions
“Ulmen’s translation is learned and its value obvious for students of Schmitt.”—History of Religions
New York Review of Books - Mark Lilla
“This work is important because it shows that beneath Schmitt’s surface realism lie some very firm notions about the ideal political order and how nearly the Catholic Church once embodied it.”—Mark Lilla, New York Review of Books



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Meet the Author

Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) was a legal and political theorist and constitutional lawyer. He is the author of several books published by the University of Chicago Press, including The Concept of the Political and Political Theology.
 
G. L. Ulmen is a senior editor of Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought.
 
 
 
 
 

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Table of Contents

Introduction by G. L. Ulmen

Note on the Translation by G. L. Ulmen

Roman Catholicism and Political Form

Appendix: The Visibility of the Church: A Scholastic Consideration

Index

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