The Weimar Moment

The Weimar Moment : Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law

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The lessons that we learn from the brilliance of the scholarship from Weimar Germany and its continued relevance to the contemporary scene define the spirit of the essays in this volume. Academic analysis is the beginning of institutional response to avoid reoccurrence of past political nihilism and catastrophe. This volume presents a predicate for such effective more

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  • Hardback | 554 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 975.22g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739140728
  • 9780739140727

About Leonard V. Kaplan

Leonard V. Kaplan is Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Rudy Koshar is the George L. Mosse WARF Professor of History, German & Religious Studies at the University of more

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[T]he book, with its treasure trove of footnotes, is a fascinating and informative documentation of a period in European history whose relevance to the present should never have been missed. The editors are to be congratulated for producing this excellent critique. Lutheran Quarterly Weimar's ghostly presence is brought home, in its range and continuing relevance, in this splendid array of carefully crafted and integrated essays. It is a singular addition to the literature. -- Lawrence Rosen, Princeton Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Rudy Koshar I. Political Theologies Chapter 1: Protestant Revolt Against Modernity by Klaus Tanner Chapter 2: Catholic Anti-Liberalism in the Weimar Republic: Political Theology and its Critics by Michael Hollerich Chapter 3: "Together a Step Towards the Messianic Goal": Jewish-Protestant Encounter in the Weimar Republic by Ulrich Rosenhagen Chapter 4: Hannah Arendt in Weimar: Beyond the Theological-Political Predicament? by Rodrigo Chacon Chapter 5: Walter Benjamin, Religion, and a Theological Politics, ca. 1922 by Michael Jennings Chapter 6: The Creaturely Limits of Knowledge: Martin Heidegger's Theological Critique of Immanuel Kant by Samuel Moyn and Azzan Yadin-Israel Chapter 7: Politics, Theology, Race, and Religion: The 1916-1924 Dialogue of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy by Gregory Kaplan Chapter 8: Authority Beyond the Bounds of Mere Reason: A Political-Theological Sketch of the Schmitt-Strauss Exchange by John McCormick Chapter 9: The Political from Weimar to the Present by Leonard Kaplan II. Karl Barth Chapter 10: Barthian Dialectics: "Yes" and "No" on the Barthian Revolt and its Legacy by Gary Dorrien Chapter 11: Karl Barth and the Weimar Republic by Christophe Chalamet Chapter 12: Theology's Weimar Moment: History before the Eschatological Limit by Michael McGillen Chapter 13: Barth Among Anselm and Augustine: Realism in Karl Barth's Anselm Commentary by Carl Rasmussen Chapter 14: Demythologizing the Secular: Karl Barth and the Politics of the Weimar Republic by Rudy Koshar Liberalism, Law, Politics Chapter 15: German Idealism and German Liberalism in the 1920s: Remarks on Ernst Cassirer and the Historicity of Interpretation by Peter Gordon Chapter 16: Sovereignty, Constitutionalism, and the Myth of the State: Article Four of the Weimar Constitution by Peter Caldwell Chapter 17: The Grammar of Laws by Robert Gibbs Chapter 18: Haunted by the Ghost of Weimar: Leo Strauss' Critique of Hans Kelsen by David Novak Chapter 19: Displacement, Abstraction and Historical Specificity: Comments on the Frankfurt School's Critical Theory by Jeffrey Herf Chapter 20: The Ideological Struggle for the German Soul in Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain by Garbriel Ricci Chapter 21: The Limits of Dictatorship and the Origins of Democracy: The Political Theory of Carl J. Friedrich from Weimar to the Cold War by Udi Greenberg Conclusion: Notes toward a Theory of Political and Legal Resistance by Leonard Kaplanshow more

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