Modern Constitutional Legitimacy and Political Theology: Schmitt, Peterson and Blumenberg

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In this article, an important set of general themes will be examined in relation to the ongoing problematization of the legitimacy of modern constitutionalism within a body of work that largely draws on Carl Schmitt’s political theology. In particular, however, the themes discussed in this article will focus on the later, post-war stages of his work contained in the brief, but dense volume entitled, Political Theology II. This work involves a sustained confrontation with the theologian Erik Peterson and the historian of ideas Hans Blumenberg, a confrontation which helps to shed light on the broader significance of Schmitt’s work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-89
Number of pages23
JournalLaw and Critique
Issue number1
Early online date10 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2019


  • Blumenberg
  • constitutionalism
  • Erik Peterson
  • modernity
  • political theology
  • Schmitt
  • Modernity
  • Constitutionalism
  • Political theology


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