Vladimir Bashkov 1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

From Kierkegaard to Schmitt: Towards the Political-Theological Relevance of Repetition

2021, vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 25–49 [issue contents]
This article attempts to explore Carl Schmitt’s political theology with reference to the philosophical and literature heritage of Søren Kierkegaard. For most modern scholars, the presence of this ideological connection is no longer something unknown or to be doubted. In the key statements of political theology, the dialectic of exception and of the universal is found, appearing in the same way as it was formulated by Kierkegaard. More often, the exception is the one that attracts the attention of specialists. However, in addition to the exception, Kierkegaard also speculated on repetition; it was the Danish philosopher’s work of the same name that was the source of the quotation with which Schmitt illustrated the significance of the sovereign decision for the systematic doctrine of the state. This paper redefines Schmitt’s main ideas through the notion of repetition, and demonstrates the theoretical novelty and productivity of this approach to the study of the heritage of one of the key political thinkers of the twentieth century.
Citation: Bashkov V. (2021) Ot K'erkegora k Shmittu: k politiko-teologicheskoy aktual'nosti povtoreniya [From Kierkegaard to Schmitt: Towards the Political-Theological Relevance of Repetition]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 20, no 1, pp. 25-49 (in Russian)
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