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'The Great Goal Of The Political Will Is Leviathan': Ernst Junger And The Cabala Of Enmity

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This chapter concerns the uses of esotericism in twentieth-century culture. Rather, the author is interested in the uses of his political mythology, political theosophy, and political mysteries. The chapter assumes that a quasi-mystical belief in Jewish enmity was as central for Jnger as it was for Schmitt. Heinrich Meier, a semi-official interpreter of Schmitt, concisely summarizes the centrality of this belief for Schmitt. It is certainly no coincidence that Schmitt calls [the Jews] the central figure of thought [Denkfigur] and that, in his Leviathan, he reveals the cabalist secret teaching of the millennial banquet of the Leviathan . . . Both men provided memorably provocative aphorisms with which to focus interpretations of their cabala of enmity. Schmitt: I think, therefore I have an enemy; I have an enemy, therefore I am. And Jnger: The great goal of the political will is Leviathan.

Keywords: cabala of enmity; Carl Schmitt; Cold War period; Ernst Jnger; esotericism; twentieth-century culture



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