The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt

ISBN : 9780199916931

Jens Meierhenrich; Oliver Simons
872 ページ
171 x 248 mm

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 antisemitism 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.


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 Rudiger 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 Turk
30 Carl Schmitt's Spatial Rhetoric Oliver Simons



Oliver Simons is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages, Columbia University. Jens Meierhenrich is Associate Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.