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 anti-semitism 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.
Table of Contents
List of ContributorsA Chronology of Carl Schmitt's LifeA List of Carl Schmitt's WritingsPart I-Introduction1 "A Fanatic of Order in an Epoch of Confusing Turmoil": The Political, Legal, and Cultural Thought of Carl SchmittJens Meierhenrich and Oliver SimonsPart II-the lives of Carl Schmitt2 "Catholic Layman of German Nationality and Citizenship"? Carl Schmitt and the Religiosity of LifeReinhard Mehring3 The "True Enemy": Antisemitism in Carl Schmitt's Life and ThoughtRaphael Gross4 Schmitt's DiariesJoseph W. Bendersky5 Carl Schmitt in PlettenbergChristian LinderPart III-the political thought of Carl schmitt6 Fearing the Disorder of Things: The Development of Carl Schmitt's Institutional Theory, 1919-1938Jens Meierhenrich7 Carl Schmitt's Political Theory of DictatorshipDuncan Kelly8 The Political Theology of Carl SchmittMiguel Vatter9 Teaching in Vain: Carl Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes, and the Theory of the Sovereign StateJohn P. McCormick10 Concepts of the Political in Twentieth-Century European ThoughtSamuel Moyn11 Carl Schmitt's Defense of DemocracyWilliam Rasch12 Same/Other versus Friend/Enemy: Levinas contra SchmittAryeh Botwinick13 Carl Schmitt's Concepts of War: A Categorical FailureBenno Teschke14 Carl Schmitt's Concept of HistoryMatthias Lievens15 What's "Left" in Schmitt? From Aversion to Appropriation in Contemporary Political TheoryMatthew G. SpecterPart IV-the legal thought of Carl Schmitt16 A Jurist Confronting Himself: Carl Schmitt's Jurisprudential ThoughtGiorgio Agamben17 Carl Schmitt and the Weimar ConstitutionUlrich K. Preuss18 The Concept of the Rule-of-Law State in Carl Schmitt's VerfassungslehreDavid Dyzenhaus19 Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt: Growing Discord, Culminating in the "Guardian" Controversy of 1931Stanley L. Paulson20 States of EmergencyWilliam E. Scheuerman21 PolitonomyMartin Loughlin22 Carl Schmitt and International LawMartti Koskenniemi23 Demystifying SchmittEric A. Posner and Adrian VermeulePart V-the Cultural Thought of Carl Schmitt24 Carl Schmitt and ModernityFriedrich Balke25 Is "the Political" a Romantic Concept? Novalis's Faith and Love or The King and Queen with Reference to Carl SchmittRüdiger Campe26 Walter Benjamin's Esteem for Carl SchmittHorst Bredekamp27 Legitimacy of the Modern Age? Hans Blumenberg and Carl SchmittAlexander Schmitz28 Tragedy as Exception in Carl Schmitt's Hamlet or HecubaDavid Pan29 At the Limits of Rhetoric: Authority, Commonplace, and the Role of Literature in Carl SchmittJohannes Türk30 Carl Schmitt's Spatial RhetoricOliver Simons Bibliography Index