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The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt

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The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt collects thirty original chapters on the diverse oeuvre of one of the most controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) was a German theorist whose anti-liberalism continues to inspire scholars and practitioners on both the Left and the Right. Despite Schmitt's rabid anti-semitism and partisan legal practice in Nazi Germany, the appeal of his trenchant critiques of, among other things, aestheticism, representative democracy, and international law as well as of his theoretical justifications of dictatorship and rule by exception is undiminished.

Uniquely located at the intersection of law, the social sciences, and the humanities, this volume brings together sophisticated yet accessible interpretations of Schmitt's sprawling thought and complicated biography. The contributors hail from diverse disciplines, including art, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and history. In addition to opening up exciting new avenues of research, The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt provides the intellectual foundations for an improved understanding of the political, legal, and cultural thought of this most infamous of German theorists. A substantial introduction places the trinity of Schmitt's thought in a broad context.

Cover:
Paperback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9780190943998
Pages:
874
Author:
Meierhenrich Jens
Publisher:
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Release Year:
2019

Jens Meierhenrich is Associate Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics.

Oliver Simons is Department Chair and Professor of Germanic Languages at Columbia University.

List of Contributors

A Chronology of Carl Schmitt's Life
A List of Carl Schmitt's Writings
Part I-Introduction
1 "A Fanatic of Order in an Epoch of Confusing Turmoil": The Political, Legal, and Cultural Thought of Carl Schmitt
Jens Meierhenrich and Oliver Simons
Part II-the lives of Carl Schmitt
2 "Catholic Layman of German Nationality and Citizenship"? Carl Schmitt and the Religiosity of Life
Reinhard Mehring
3 The "True Enemy": Antisemitism in Carl Schmitt's Life and Thought
Raphael Gross
4 Schmitt's Diaries
Joseph W. Bendersky
5 Carl Schmitt in Plettenberg
Christian Linder
Part III-the political thought of Carl schmitt
6 Fearing the Disorder of Things: The Development of Carl Schmitt's Institutional Theory, 1919-1938
Jens Meierhenrich
7 Carl Schmitt's Political Theory of Dictatorship
Duncan Kelly
8 The Political Theology of Carl Schmitt
Miguel Vatter
9 Teaching in Vain: Carl Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes, and the Theory of the Sovereign State
John P. McCormick
10 Concepts of the Political in Twentieth-Century European Thought
Samuel Moyn
11 Carl Schmitt's Defense of Democracy
William Rasch
12 Same/Other versus Friend/Enemy: Levinas contra Schmitt
Aryeh Botwinick
13 Carl Schmitt's Concepts of War: A Categorical Failure
Benno Teschke
14 Carl Schmitt's Concept of History
Matthias Lievens
15 What's "Left" in Schmitt? From Aversion to Appropriation in Contemporary Political Theory
Matthew G. Specter
Part IV-the legal thought of Carl Schmitt
16 A Jurist Confronting Himself: Carl Schmitt's Jurisprudential Thought
Giorgio Agamben
17 Carl Schmitt and the Weimar Constitution
Ulrich K. Preuss
18 The Concept of the Rule-of-Law State in Carl Schmitt's Verfassungslehre
David Dyzenhaus
19 Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt: Growing Discord, Culminating in the "Guardian" Controversy of 1931
Stanley L. Paulson
20 States of Emergency
William E. Scheuerman
21 Politonomy
Martin Loughlin
22 Carl Schmitt and International Law
Martti Koskenniemi
23 Demystifying Schmitt
Eric A. Posner and Adrian Vermeule
Part V-the Cultural Thought of Carl Schmitt
24 Carl Schmitt and Modernity
Friedrich Balke
25 Is "the Political" a Romantic Concept? Novalis's Faith and Love or The King and Queen with Reference to Carl Schmitt
Rüdiger Campe
26 Walter Benjamin's Esteem for Carl Schmitt
Horst Bredekamp
27 Legitimacy of the Modern Age? Hans Blumenberg and Carl Schmitt
Alexander Schmitz
28 Tragedy as Exception in Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or Hecuba
David Pan
29 At the Limits of Rhetoric: Authority, Commonplace, and the Role of Literature in Carl Schmitt
Johannes Türk
30 Carl Schmitt's Spatial Rhetoric
Oliver Simons
Bibliography

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