The paradox of the political: Carl Schmitt's autonomous account of politics

Moore, T. 2010. The paradox of the political: Carl Schmitt's autonomous account of politics. The European Legacy. 15 (6), pp. 721-734. doi:10.1080/10848770.2010.517248

TitleThe paradox of the political: Carl Schmitt's autonomous account of politics
AuthorsMoore, T.
Abstract

Carl Schmitt's Concept of the Political advances an understanding of the political in which the political is assessed in terms of the autonomy of the friend-and-enemy distinction. This article questions the autonomous foundations of Schmitt's concept of the political. Ultimately, Schmitt's desire to establish the autonomous nature of the political, allowing the specifically political antithesis to achieve mastery over all other forms of discourse, is replete with paradox. Whilst Schmitt endeavours to establish the autonomy of the politicalwhere the political is free from interference from other domainsit is argued that his account of the political is highly dependent on the state. More critically, Schmitt's depiction of the political as autonomous is a strategic manoeuvre to establish the autonomy of the domain of the political vis-a-vis other conceptual domains.

JournalThe European Legacy
Journal citation15 (6), pp. 721-734
ISSN1084-8770
YearOct 2010
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/10848770.2010.517248
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2010

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