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Martti Koskenniemi, Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, and Paolo Amorosa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805878.001.0001

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Religion and Empire Carl Schmitt’s Katechon between International Relations and the Philosophy of History

Religion and Empire Carl Schmitt’s Katechon between International Relations and the Philosophy of History

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(p.363) 15 Religion and Empire Carl Schmitt’s Katechon between International Relations and the Philosophy of History
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International Law and Religion
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Michele Nicoletti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805878.003.0016

Carl Schmitt’s thought on international relations appears from the outset to be profoundly informed by his reflections on the philosophy of history. In this the German jurist seems to be fully consonant with the climate of his time, of that generation which saw the 19th century ‘concert of Europe’ crumble beneath their feet into the great tragedy of European civil war which began with the First World War. The collapse of the world order thus almost inevitably leads him to question the meaning of history and to be influenced by the ideas of the end of the world and of history, and by the symbols and metaphors connected to this theme, which have been part of Western culture for centuries.

Keywords:   Carl Schmitt, katechon, empire, Großraumordung, political theology, international political theory, jus publicum Europaeum, Christianity and world order, philosophy of history, politics and evil

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