The Concept of the Political

Fred Dallmayr

in Integral Pluralism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135397 | DOI:
The Concept of the Political

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Schmitt's “purist” or conceptual approach emerges clearly in the opening lines of his text: “The concept of the state presupposes the concept of the political,” where “state” means the political status of an organized people in an enclosed territorial unit. For him the central question was whether—in partially sidelining the state—the social domain could also sideline and absorb politics in the sense of the political, or whether a new definition was needed that would recognize the state as a prominent though not exclusive example of the new concept. Schmitt writes that the definition of the political “can be obtained only by discovering the specifically political categories.”

Keywords: Schmitt; purist; domain; territorial unit; politics

Chapter.  8526 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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