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Living Law: Jewish Political Theology from Hermann Cohen to Hannah Arendt

Miguel Vatter


This book discusses the political theology developed by German Jewish philosophy in the 20th century on the basis of its original reconstruction of the teachings of Jewish prophetology. In the shadow of the modern experiences with anti-Semitism, the rise of Zionism, and the return of charismatic authority in mass societies, the discourse of Jewish political theology advances the radical hypothesis that the messianic idea of God’s Kingdom correlates with a post-sovereignty, anarchist political condition of radical non-domination. However, this messianic form of democracy, far from being antinom ... More

Keywords: Judaism, political theology, anarchy, constitutionalism, Platonism, biblical prophets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197546505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197546505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel Vatter, author
Professor of Politics, Flinders University, Australia