Gopal Balakrishnan is the author of The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt, and editor of Debating “Empire” and (with Benedict Anderson) Mapping . PDF download for Book Review: Gopal Balakrishnan, The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of, Article Information. Gopal Balakrishnan is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University “The enemy: an intellectual portrait of Carl Schmitt”. Verso.

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Schmitt was suspicious of the very possibility of parliamentary rule. The book portrayed the Roman Church as the potential pivot around which liberalism and aggressively sovereign monarchs of the old regimes balakrizhnan be brought together, through its role in myth and eney standing above and apart from the contending classes, as well as being representative of all classes and peoples.

Carl Schmitt on Friendship: Schmitt is compelling because he shows us an alternative law and politics of reactionary postmodernism – critical legal theory in service to naked power. Its overarching theme is the most famous of Schmitt tropes: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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I have been finding some exciting stuff. In between was Jean Bodin, author of “The Six Books of the Republic,” who argued that the king could indeed overthrow customary law, but only in exceptional situations, and only to the extent he did not violate natural law as it ruled persons and property.

Between Pluralism and Fascism. What was wrong for the King of France in the sixteenth century was right for the Germans in In any event, the comparison is less than enlightening.

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Carl Schmitt, preeminent antiliberal, is that rare thing, the modern political philosopher relevant long after his time.


This book sounds like the most relevant to today, both in its topic and in the specifics it diagnoses about modern liberalism. This, a modernist concept beloved of liberals, had erased the earlier philosophy of natural law, under which much of the law existed outside specific legal mandates written down in books, whether divinely mandated or the result of custom and human nature. Lenin, he said, understood that such people must be decisively refuted. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

This is, needless to say, directly contrary to the claims of legal positivism. Liberalism makes war and death more, rather than less, likely.

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Positivism held that the law consisted only balakrsihnan, and was derived only from, legal pronouncements, and formed a seamless whole through and by which all legal decisions could be made uniformly and predictably, if only one looked hard enough. Schmitt viewed Article 48 as authorizing such a commissarial dictatorship—but under no circumstances authorizing a sovereign dictatorship, which had been foreclosed upon the gooal of the new constitution, whatever external threats might still exist.

At that time, the legal philosophy of positivism dominated German thinking. Added to PP index Total downloads 36of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 4of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Politics is thus, at its core, not separate from the rest of life, but, ultimately, the way in which a political community determines its destiny, in opposition to those who hold incompatible beliefs, through violent conflict if necessary.

The war, however, firmly set his thought on the path it was to take for the rest of his long life, which was opposition to positivism, as well as all other liberal forms of law. Schmitt is not recommending a particular resolution or political program; Balakrishnan attributes that to Schmitt still building his own thought, without an ideological goal in mind.

He is still relevant because he did not offer ideology, as did so many forgotten political philosophers, but instead clear analysis of power relations, untied to any specific system or regime. It is not decided, at its root, by positive law; deep down, it is a theological question hence the title. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The Law of the Earth.

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Balakriishnan was not interested in such restorationism; he correctly saw it as a false path.

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Read more Read less. It is not decided, at its root, by positive law; deep down, it is a theological question hence the title. It sounds like this book has a lot in common with a current fascination of some on the American right, Catholic integralism, a topic I am going to take up soon.

The revelation of his work is that, unlike mainstream Nazi ideology, Schmitt makes a strong philosophical claim for the necessity of confrontational politics within a democratic system; ennemy claim that has resonance in today’s hegemony of consensual politics.

The Enemy is a comprehensive reconstruction and analysis of all of Schmitt’s major works–his books, articles and pamphlets from to presented in an arresting narrative form. Political Theory in Social and Political Philosophy. No keywords specified fix it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Not that he was a man of the Left; he was merely hard to classify. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. See all 3 reviews. But to those influenced even a slightest degree by Schmitt, a worrying question must remain Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.