Nachlass Carl Schmitts

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“Eine solche Ansammlung von Büchern, Schriften und Papieren spiegelt  über 60 Jahre deutsche und europäische Geschichte, und zwar unter innen- und außenpolitischen Gesichtspunkten. Die Großen Peripetien und Katatrophen des 20. Jahrhunderts, zwei für Deutschland verlorere Kriege (1918/19, 1945/49), aber auch privat- persönliche Auswirkungen politischer Katastrophen, Ereignisse wie Umzüge infolge von Berufungen, Verdrängungen vom Lehrstuhl am Ende jedes verlorenen Krieges (1918, 1945), totale Ausbombung (1943), Diebstahl bzw. Unterschlagungen  (z.B. 1921), siebenjährige Beschlagnahme durch USA-Besatzungsmacht, Legal Departament”. […]

All the Western world is Hamlet!

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    Plettenberg, Westphalia May 31st, 1965   Honorable Sir, my friend and colleague:   I received your letter from the 5th of May. I would like to express my gratitude and satisfaction at entering in direct contact with you. The package with fourteen exemplars of your journal «Atlántida» has arrived very well, but with a few days of delay. I was captivated by the study of its diverse articles, admiring the excellence and the […]

“Carl Schmitt: Denker im Widerstreit” – The new book of Reinhard Mehring

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  I just have received the new Reinhard Mehring’s book about Carl Schmitt as a Denker im Widerstreit (2017). I bought it on Amazon and the delivery time was about two weeks. It is not bad for an international shipment because the book comes from Germany. I must say that Mehring is one of the top scholars in the Schmitt’s international research. The book develops different perspectives on Schmitt. One of the most interesting things is that […]

“Carl Schmitt: Derecho, política y grandes espacios” (2008) – an outstanding book edited by J. Molina and J. Giraldo

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It is one of my favorite Spanish books on Carl Schmitt and his theory of Großraum and international relations. The book translation in English would be “Law, politics, and Großraum”  (2008). It was published in Colombia. One of the fascinating things about it is that there are authors from Europe and Latin America. Both of them are discussing Schmitt’s ideas as a way to understand the Latin American politics. Besides, in this volume participates renowned Schmitt scholars […]

CfP: Charisma and Leadership Carl Schmitt’s relationship to Max Weber

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  At the conclusion of his comments on Talcott Parsons’ paper on value-freedom at the 1964 conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Jürgen Habermas insisted that “Carl Schmitt ein legitimer Schüler Max Webers war” [“Carl Schmitt was a legitimate student of Max Weber”]. Habermas’ remark followed a debate over Max Weber’s politics inaugurated by the first edition of Wolfgang Mommsen’s Max Weber und die Deutsche Politik. 1890-1920 (Tübingen, 1959), which sought to undermine the […]

CfP: Carl Schmitt as a pioneer of security policy?

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In times of ubiquitous collective threats—such as terrorist attacks, world economic crises, mass migration, religious and ethnic conflicts, and maybe even ecological catastrophes—in which the exceptional state increasingly seems to become persistent (G. Agamben), the demand for security as a social value as well as a goal of political action is the pivot of public debate. In this situation Carl Schmitt, the “Theorist of the exception”, is considered as “author of the hour” (R. Mehring). […]