The Challenge of Carl Schmitt

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Chantal Mouffe
Verso, 1999 - Political Science - 212 pages
Carl Schmitt's thought serves as a warning against the dangers of complacency entailed by triumphant liberalism. His conception of politics is a sharp challenge to those who believe that the blurring of frontiers between the left and right and the increasing mobilization of political discourse constitute great advances for democracy. Schmitt reminds us forcefully that the essence of politics is a struggle and that the distinction between friend and enemy cannot be abolished.
 

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Contents

Carl Schmitt in the Age of PostPolitics
18
Carl Schmitt and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy
38
Carl Schmitt and World Unity
54
Putting the State Back in Credit
75
Schmitt as a Reader of Marx
92
The Irreconcilability of Politics
118
Juridical Rationality
138
Carl Schmitt and
155
Carl Schmitt and European Juridical Science
180
Ethic of State and Pluralistic State
195
Carl Schmitt in English Translation
209
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Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her books include The Return of the Political; Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Ernesto Laclau); The Dimensions of Radical Democracy; Gramsci and Marxist Theory; Deconstruction and Pragmatism; The Democratic Paradox; and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt, all from Verso.

Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.

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