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Chapter 2 does for Schmitt’s writings on political theology what chapter 1 did for his writings on the State. As in chapter 1, Galli’s reading reconstructs the internal logic of Schmitt’s theories of political theology (clarifying concepts of secularization, decisionism, and sovereignty along the way) while also externally contextualizing those theories in the history of the German Reformation and the history of modern religion more generally. After explicating Schmitt’s thinking on political theology during each phase of his thought, Galli then reviews Schmitt’s polemics against his immediate contemporaries (not only Hans Kelsen and Hans Blumenberg but also Walter Benjamin and Erik Peterson) and situates Schmitt’s contributions within the history of modern political thought (relative to Hobbes, Hegel, and Nietzsche in particular).

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