Singularity and Repetition in Carl Schmitt’s Vision of History

Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (1):105-129 (2011)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Despite the problematic political positions he adopted during his life span, the work of Carl Schmitt contains a fascinating argument in favour of `the political', which is understood as a plural symbolic space composed of friends and enemies who reciprocally recognise each other. Schmitt's struggle for the political is a struggle for a public spirit which accounts for this plurality. One of the terrains on which Schmitt wages this struggle is that of historical meaning. The image of history is crucial for the political, as it is one level on which the relation between enemies is symbolised. In this paper, Schmitt's polemic for a political conception of history, which gives the enemy and the defeated their due place as political subjects, will be reconstructed. Central to Schmitt's endeavour is the attempt to think historical singularity, against the notion of repetition in history, against the understanding of history as a reservoir of `lessons' and against ideologies of progress. Through his polemic, a profane and sober image of history appears which stresses singularity, relative contingency and openness, and the pluralisation of social temporalities. The enigmatic notion of the katechon will play a crucial role in providing a very minimal but crucial form of historical meaning for such a political conception of history

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,953

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

Carl Schmitt’s two concepts of humanity.Matthias Lievens - 2010 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (8):917-934.
The Leviathan in the state theory of Thomas Hobbes: meaning and failure of a political symbol.Carl Schmitt - 1996 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Edited by George Schwab.
Locke's Militant Liberalism: A Reply to Carl Schmitt's State of Exception.Vicente Medina - 2002 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 19 (4):345 - 365.
Jean-Luc Nancy on the political after Heidegger and Schmitt.Andrew Norris - 2011 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (8):899-913.

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-03-19

Downloads
78 (#218,216)

6 months
14 (#200,889)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

Katechón y flujo. El Avicena de Ernst Bloch como antídoto a la teología política.Mauricio Amar Díaz - 2022 - Las Torres de Lucca: Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política 11 (1):169-175.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Legal World Revolution.Carl Schmitt - 1987 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 1987 (72):73-89.
The Legal World Revolution.C. Schmitt - 1987 - Télos 1987 (72):73-89.

Add more references