The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt

The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt by Gopal Balakrishnan 185984359X 9781859843598
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The writings of Carl Schmitt form what is arguably the most disconcerting, original, and yet still unfamiliar body of twentieth-century political thought. In the English-speaking world, he is terra incognita, a name associated with Nazism, the author of a largely untranslated oeuvre forming no recognizable system, coming to us from a disturbing place and time in the form of fragments.

The Enemy is a comprehensive reconstruction and analysis of all of Schmitts major works--his books, articles and pamphlets from 1919 to 1950--presented in an arresting narrative form. The revelation of his work is that, unlike mainstream Nazi ideology, Schmitt makes a strong philosophical claim for the necessity of confrontational politics within a democratic system; a claim that has resonance in todays hegemony of consensual politics.

Author: Gopal Balakrishnan

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 2002-09-26


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