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The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy : Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback) - Carl Schmitt

The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy

Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)

By: Carl Schmitt, Ellen Kennedy (Translator)

Paperback Published: 22nd June 1988
ISBN: 9780262691260
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Described both as "the Hobbes of our age" and as "the philosophical godfather of Nazism," Carl Schmitt was a brilliant and controversial political theorist whose doctrine of political leadership and critique of liberal democratic ideals distinguish him as one of the most original contributors to modern political theory. "The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy "offers a powerful criticism of the inconsistencies of representative democracy. First published in 1923, it has often been viewed as an attempt to destroy parliamentarism; in fact, it was Schmitt's attempt to defend the Weimar constitution. The introduction to this new translation places the book in proper historical context and provides a useful guide to several aspects of Weimar political culture. "The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy" is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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Today what Carl Schmitt has to say against the 'universal significance of the belief in discussion' is once again relevant. Here his criticisms penetrate the heart of Western rationalism. -- Jurgen Habermas * The Times Literary Supplement *

Series Editor's Forewordp. vii
A Note on the Text and Translationp. ix
Introduction: Carl Schmitt's Parlamentarismus in Its Historical Contextp. xiii
Preface to the Second Edition (1926): On the Contradiction between Parliamentarism and Democracyp. 1
Introduction to the First Edition (1923)p. 18
Democracy and Parliamentarismp. 22
(Standard conceptions of identity in democratic thought and the identities that have replaced them in political reality)
The Principles of Parliamentarismp. 33
(Openness and discussion division and balance of powers the concept of law in true parliamentarism the relative rationalism of parliamentary theory)
Dictatorship in Marxist Thoughtp. 51
(Dictatorship and dialectics the metaphysical proof of Marxism rationalism and irrationalism in the dictatorship of the proletariat)
Irrationalist Theories of the Direct Use of Forcep. 65
(Georges Sorel's theory of myth the mythical image of the bourgeois class struggle and national myths in Bolshevism and Fascism)
Appendix: On the Ideology of Parliamentarism (1925)p. 77
Notesp. 85
Bibliography to the 1926 Editionp. 111
Bibliographical Notep. 119
Indexp. 123
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ISBN: 9780262691260
ISBN-10: 0262691264
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 22nd June 1988
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.17 x 13.59  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.24