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Carl Schmitt's Critique of Liberalism : Against Politics as Technology - John P. McCormick

Carl Schmitt's Critique of Liberalism

Against Politics as Technology

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Published: 15th November 1999
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This is the first in-depth critical appraisal in English of the political, legal, and cultural writings of Carl Schmitt, perhaps this century's most brilliant critic of liberalism. It offers an assessment of this most sophisticated of fascist theorists without attempting either to apologise for or demonise him. Schmitt's Weimar writings confront the role of technology as it finds expression through the principles and practices of liberalism. Contemporary political conditions such as disaffection with liberalism and the rise of extremist political organizations have rendered Schmitt's work both relevant and insightful. John McCormick examines why technology becomes a rallying cry for both right- and left-wing intellectuals at times when liberalism appears anachronistic, and shows the continuities between Weimar's ideological debates and those of our own age.

"...this extremely well researched work is filled with nuanced and intelligent discussions of Schmitt's legal philosophy, his changing attitude towards commissarial and sovereign dictatorship, his relationship to Lukacs, and a host of other topics. All serious students of Schmitt, Weber, the Frankfurt School, neo-Hegelianism, political representation, and the politics of technology will want to read it." American Political Science Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Between Critical Theory and Political Existentialism: Schmitt's Confrontation with Technology
Antinomies of Technical Thought: Attempting to Transcend Weber's Categories of Modernityp. 31
Myth as Antidote to the "Age of Neutralizations": Nietzsche and Cultural Conflict as Response to Technologyp. 83
Liberalism as Technology's Infiltration of Politics
Emergency Powersp. 121
Representationp. 157
Lawp. 206
The Statep. 249
Liberalism and Fascism/Technology and Politics
Epilogue and Summaryp. 293
Conclusionp. 302
Works Citedp. 315
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780521664578
ISBN-10: 0521664578
Series: Modern European Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 15th November 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.51