The Schmittian Messiah in Agamben's The Time That Remains

dc.contributorDepartment of Religion and Culture, Virginia Techen
dc.contributor.authorBritt, Brian M.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-24T15:45:01Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-24T15:45:01Zen
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.description.abstractFor Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Zitek the New Testament writings attributed to Paul have much to say on contemporary debates over politics and religious tradition. Taking the measure of this new intellectual trend calls for careful readings of books on the subject, among the most interesting of which is Agamben's The Time That Remains, a series of seminar lectures that explores the influence of Paul's letters on messianic thought. Here, Britt reveals that his primary concern is not Agamben's reading of Paul but his reading of Walter Benjamin as a Pauline thinker through the lens of Carl Schmitt's political theology. Agamben claims that Benjamin's writings on messianism can be shown, through a set of allusions and quotations, to depend directly on Paul's writings. He argues that Agamben misreads and misunderstands Benjamin's messianic thought, projecting a Schmittian model of religion onto Benjamin's conception of tradition.en
dc.identifier.citationBritt, B. (2010). "The Schmittian Messiah in Agamben's The Time That Remains." Critical Inquiry 36(2): 262-287.en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1086/648526en
dc.identifier.issn0093-1896en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/46776en
dc.identifier.urlhttp://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/ci.htmlen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Chicago Pressen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectGiorgio Agambenen
dc.subjectPaul's lettersen
dc.subjectmessianic thoughten
dc.subjectWalter Benjaminen
dc.subjectCarl Schmitten
dc.titleThe Schmittian Messiah in Agamben's The Time That Remainsen
dc.title.serialCritical Inquiryen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden
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