Carl Schmitt


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German political theorist. Schmitt was influential as a conservative or reactionary critic of liberalism, and enthusiast for conflict and antagonism as perennial conditions of politics. A sympathizer with the Nazis, he escaped trial at Nuremberg but was forbidden from teaching thereafter. Before his death he became influential in neo-conservative circles associated with Leo Strauss. Books included Die geistesgeschichtliche Lage des heutigen Parlamentarismus (trs. as The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, 1985), and Politische Romantik (trs. as Political Romanticism, 1986).

Subjects: Social Sciences — Philosophy.

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