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The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology

Edited by: Matilda Arvidssen, Leila Brannstrom, Panu Minkkinen

ISBN13: 9781138822931
Published: August 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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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.

Introduction, Matilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström and Panu Minkkinen

Section I: Law
1. Sovereign Order? Taking Stock of Carl Schmitt’s Definition of Sovereignty in Light of Concrete Order Thinking, Leila Brännström
2. Law and Necessity: Shifting the Burden of Responsibility, Johanna Jacques
3. Carl Schmitt and the Tyranny of Values, Juha-Pekka Rentto
4. Carl Schmitt and the Problem of Constitutional Guardianship, Lars Vinx
5. Carl Schmitt’s Philosophy of History andits Significance for International Law, Walter Rech
6. Schmitt and the New World Order: A View from Europe, Massimo Fichera

Section II: Politics
7. Representation and the Unrepresentable: Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt and the Limits of Politics, Mårten Björk
8. The Concept of the Political: Derrida’s reading of Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan, Jacques de Ville
9. Carl Schmitt and the Political Immune Self as the Ultimate Arbiter in Law and Politics, Markus Gunneflo
10. Social Acceleration, Motorized Legislation, and Framework Laws, Carl‐Göran Heidegren
11. The Nomos of Post‐Industrial Society, Matias Forss
12. The Juridical Romanticism of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Execution of Justice, Panu Minkkinen

Section III: Theology
13. "Im Kampf um Rom": Carl Schmitt, Rudolph Sohm and the secularization of charismatic authority, Hjalmar Falk
14. Processes of Order and the Roles of the Sacred: On the Contemporary Relevance of Schmitt’s Critique of Nihilism, Jon Wittrock
15. The Question of the Jurist: Carl Schmitt and the International Legal Order, Ian Bryan and Peter Langford
16. The Political Theology of Belligerent Occupation, Matilda Arvidsson