The enemy as the unthinkable: a concretist reading of Carl Schmitt’s conception of the political

History of European Ideas 43 (8):1016-1028 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

ABSTRACTThis article offers an unconventional interpretation of Carl Schmitt’s conception of the political. It first identifies two alternative readings – an ‘exceptionalist’ and a ‘concretist’ one – to make the claim that in the late 1920s he laid the foundations for a theory of politics that overcame the flaws of his theory of exception. It then explains why the concretist reading provides an insightful key to Schmitt’s take on the relationship between politics and law as a whole. Despite this, the chief aim of this analysis is not interpretive. Rather, the article claims that such a paradigm change was related to Schmitt’s pondering on the elements that were menacing to draw the experience of modern statehood to an end even more seriously than any upheavals and revolutions. For he came to the conclusion that the mere claim to political self-sufficiency on the part on non-state social entities was able to defy the idea of the state as the political entity par excellence. While these reflections urged Schmitt to reformulate many features of his conception of the political, the article contends that this particular juncture in his production sheds light on a crucial feature of contemporary politics.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,439

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Concept of the Rule-of-Law State in Schmitt’s Verfassungslehre.David Dyzenhaus - 2016 - In Jens Meierhenrich & Oliver Simons (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. New York, NY: Oxford University Press USA.
Locke's Militant Liberalism: A Reply to Carl Schmitt's State of Exception.Vicente Medina - 2002 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 19 (4):345 - 365.
Carl Schmitt, Mao Zedong and the politics of transition.Qi Zheng - 2016 - New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Carl Schmitt’s Political Theory of Dictatorship.Duncan Kelly - 2016 - In Jens Meierhenrich & Oliver Simons (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt. New York, NY: Oxford University Press USA.
Janus's Gaze: Essays on Carl Schmitt.Carlo Galli - 2015 - Durham: Duke University Press. Edited by Amanda Minervini & Adam Sitze.

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-11-09

Downloads
25 (#633,404)

6 months
13 (#282,254)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?