Politische Theologie, Bd.1, Vier Kapitel zur Lehre von der Souveränität
Writing amid the intense political and intellectual ferment of the early Weimar Republic, Schmitt argued that the essence of sovereignty ties in the absolute authority to decid...more
"[W]e know that any decision about whether something is unpolitical is always a political decision." (2)
"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception." (5)
In this book Schmitt tries to define his concept of the political sovereignty. He believes that first of all we need to define the 'exception' -not the norm- to grasp the meaning of this concept. "sovereign is he who decides on the exception." (p.5) All laws are 'situational laws.' Because in the case of emergency there exist no law. "There is no norm that is applicable to chaos." (p. 13) At the end of the day, this is the sovereign...more
Schmitt shows how liberalism historically transferred theological concepts to the state and then eventually...more
To say more without writing ten pages would be insufficient. Read the book, it's fascinating.