The Concept of the Political

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 111 pages
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In this, his most influential work, legal theorist and political philosopher Carl Schmitt argues that liberalism's basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing oneself for the state. This edition of the 1932 work includes the translator's introduction (by George Schwab) which highlights Schmitt's intellectual journey through the turbulent period of German history leading to the Hitlerian one-party state. It also includes Leo Strauss's analysis of Schmitt's thesis and a foreword by Tracy B. Strong placing Schmitt's work into contemporary context.
 

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Two ways to make a big deal of a book: make sure its author was momentarily a Nazi, and, by the logical principle of contagion, follow the logic: author was a nazi --> book is certainly nazified ... Read full review

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The specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that between friend and enemy. The political enemy need not be morally evil or aesthetically ugly; he need not appear as an economic competitior. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Translators Note to the 1976 Edition
17
The Concept of the Political
19
Notes on Carl Schmitt The Concept of the Political
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Index of Names
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About the author (1996)

George M. Schwab, PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary, presently associate professor of Old Testament at Erskine Theological Seminary.

The author of Friedrich Nietzche: The Politics of Transfiguration and Tight in Her Soul: The Life of Anna Louis Strong, Tracy B. Strong is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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