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Concept of the Political: Expanded Edition

by Carl Schmitt University of Chicago Press
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In this, his most influential work, legal theorist and political philosopher Carl Schmitt argues that liberalism's basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing oneself for the state. This edition of the 1932 work includes the translator's introduction (by George Schwab) which highlights Schmitt's intellectual journey through the turbulent period of German history leading to the Hitlerian one-party state. It also includes Leo Strauss's analysis of Schmitt's thesis and a foreword by Tracy B. Strong placing Schmitt's work into contemporary context.

Foreword: Dimensions of the New Debate around Carl Schmitt, by Tracy B. Strong
Translator’s Note to the 1996 Edition and Acknowledgments
Introduction, by George Schwab
Translator’s Note to the 1976 Edition
The Concept of the Political, by Carl Schmitt
“The Age of Neutralizations and Depoliticizations” (1929), by Carl Schmitt
Notes on Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political, by Leo Strauss
Index of Names

''The best introduction to Schmitt's thought.'' - Mark Lilla, New York Review of Books''
Carl Schmitt (1888 - 1985) was a legal and political theorist and constitutional lawyer. He was the author of many books, including Political Theology, which the University of Chicago Press recently reprinted.