Carl Schmitt on Culture and Violence in the Political Decision

Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (142):49-72 (2008)
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Abstract

Though he has become known to his detractors as a theorist who has replaced rational discourse with pure power in his theory of the decision, Carl Schmitt's notion of politics is, on a fundamental level, culturally and ethically based. This cultural and ethical conception of politics permeates his work, not only in texts about explicitly cultural issues, such as his 1916 study of Theodor Däubler's Expressionist Nordlicht or his meditation on the connection between politics and art in Shakespeare in Hamlet oder Hekuba,1 but also in Political Theology, one of the key texts of his theory of decisionism. While commentators….

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