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Editors' introduction: The contemporary relevance of Carl Schmitt

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Authors Matilda Arvidsson
Leila Brännström
Panu Minkkinen
Published in 978-1-138-82293-1
Pages 16
ISBN 978-1-138-82293-1
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon
Publication year 2016
Published at
Pages 16
Language en
Keywords Carl Schmitt, sovereignty, globalization, the political, political theology, Weimar
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Political Science, Law


What does Carl Schmitt have to offer to ongoing debates about sovereignty, globalization, spatiality, the nature of the political, and political theology? Can Schmitt’s positions and concepts offer insights that might help us understand our concrete present-day situation? Works on Schmitt usually limit themselves to historically isolating Schmitt into his Weimar or post-Weimar context, to reading him together with classics of political and legal philosophy, or to focusing exclusively on a particular aspect of Schmitt’s writings. Bringing together an international, and interdisciplinary, range of contributors, this book explores the question of Schmitt’s relevance for an understanding of the contemporary world. Engaging the background and intellectual context in which Schmitt wrote his major works – often with reference to both primary and secondary literature unavailable in English – this book will be of enormous interest to legal and political theorists.

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