Rethinking Franz Neumann’s route to <i>Behemoth</i>

Duncan Kelly

in The State of the Political

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262870
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734892 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Rethinking Franz Neumann’s route to Behemoth

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This chapter discusses the thought of Franz Neumann, up to and including the publication of his famous work Behemoth in 1942. It shows how Neumann's legal and constitutional ideas developed largely from Schmitt's terms of reference, and how his account of rationality and the modern state drew upon Weber. This cross-fertilization of conceptual ideas, coupled with his own political sympathy for a socialist state under a fully democratized Weimar Constitution, offers an intriguing context within which to explore his route to Behemoth. This chapter also presents a detailed assessment of his analysis of National Socialism.

Keywords: Franz Neumann; Behemoth; Carl Schmitt; Max Weber; socialist state; Weimar Constitution; National Socialism

Chapter.  17834 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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