Concept of the Political
In this, his most influential work, legal theorist and political philosopher Carl Schmitt argues that liberalism’s basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing oneself for the state—a critique as cogent today as when it first appeared. George Schwab’s introduction to his translation of the 1932 German edition highlights Schmitt’s int...more
Except it's barely 'political' in that sense at all, and is more of an essay than a book. The thought process is clear and not unreasonable: if there's something called politics, it must have certa...more
Schmitt brings up such things as how whenever the leaders of a country want to go and mass murderer a bunch of people in war, the leaders go on about protecting "humanity." Of course, th...more
There is an emphasis on the real enemy, real war, not the symbolic or metaphorical
The political has been lost to politics, that is the politics of sovereignty has been overcome by liberal efforts to constrain the politics by law...more
Regardless of all this, however, I find Carl Schmitt to be one of the greatest political thinkers of the twentieth century. Whatever one thinks of him, he poses one of the most formidable challenges to liberal...more
"It is a manifest fraud to condemn war as homicide and then demand of men that they wage war, kill and be killed, so that there will never again be war. War, the readiness of combatants to die, the physical killing of human beings who belong on the side of the enemy - all this has no normative meaning but an existential meaning only, particularly in a real combat situation with a real...more
LA crítica al concepto de Estado tradicional...more
Blank stare in response although I don't know whether it was because she got the joke, or because she didn't.
The companion material in this book does a pretty good job of elaborating on Schmitt's ideas; Schmitt himself is a pretty rea...more
I need to read this again.