“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 the author puts out a dialogue between Schmitt and the classics (Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Bodin) and Schmitt and his contemporaries, such as Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, Theodor Adorno or Eric Peterson. There is no doubt that this research is a comprehensive approach about the German jurist. What caught my attention is the final chapter about the current importance of Schmitt’s theories to a better understanding of the political environment in Germany and Europe.  Mehring has written an interesting article about the policy challenges of Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed the relevance of the Schmitt’s ideas for it. I should finish reading the book, but at first glance, I should say that this is one of the most important books written about Schmitt’ research in the recent years.

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