By John P. McCormick
During this first in-depth severe appraisal in English of the writings of Carl Schmitt, John McCormick has provided philosophers, historians, and political theorists with the main finished account of Schmitt's critique of liberalism to be had. He examines why know-how turns into a rallying cry for either correct- and left-wing intellectuals from time to time while liberalism seems to be anachronistic, and indicates the continuities among Weimar's ideological debates and people of our personal age.
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In the ﬁnal two chapters, this method is exchanged for explicit theorization, which is to say for a language that departs from particular contexts and speaks across them. And yet on balance ethnographic context is enlisted here not as an object of analysis but rather as a method of analysis; it is not so much illuminated by theory as 17 CHAPTER ONE it is itself a commentary on theory. That necessarily entails difﬁcult and irrevocable choices. 14 We might ask, for instance, what does it really mean to “use” theory?
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