Carl Schmitt, Hannah Arendt, and the Limits of Liberalism

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (142):110-134 (2008)
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Abstract

There can be little doubt that, over the last decade or so, the work of Carl Schmitt has emerged as a central point of reference, in both positive and negative terms, for many debates within contemporary political theory. Despite Schmitt's notoriously controversial and complex position within the intellectual field of modern political thought, a growing interest, for instance, in his critique of parliamentary democracy and his conceptualization of partisan warfare can be felt not only among political movements with revolutionary agendas, but it can also easily be observed in main-stream political thought on both sides of the Atlantic.1 With the…

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