Carl Schmitt: Theorist for the Reich (Princeton Legacy by Joseph J. Bendersky

By Joseph J. Bendersky

Basing his paintings at the writings of Schmitt and his contemporaries, huge new archival documentation, and elements of Schmitt's own papers, Professor Bendersky makes use of Schmitt's public occupation as a framework for re-evaluating his contributions to political and felony concept. This booklet establishes that Schmitt's overdue Weimar writings have been directed at combating instead of encouraging the Nazi acquisition of power.

Originally released in 1983.

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49 With the state concept firmly entrenched in the minds of so many conservative German intellectuals since Hegel, and considering the circumstances of postwar political and psychological dislocation, it is not difficult to discern why Schmitt would consistently designate the state as the piv­ otal institution in society. But at the end of the war there emerged a new constitutional framework under which the state must exercise its power. It would be a constitutional order based upon many of the liberal principles about which Schmitt had serious reservations.

34 Schmitt, Diktatur, pp. 2-4, 25-27, 105. , pp. 201-202. 37 No longer concerned with neo-Kantian notions of "higher law" or abstract concepts of "right," Schmitt now argued that legal theory must relate to actual political and societal con­ ditions. "38 Henceforth, the "concrete situation" would prevail over abstract construc­ tions in Schmitfs legal thought. Schmitfs intellectual reo­ rientation placed him among that small minority of German scholars—including Max Weber, Ferdinand Tonnies, and Max Scheler—who recognized the importance of sociolog­ ical and political studies.

59. Schmitt, Diktatur, pp. 6-7. , pp. 145-146. p. 136. , PART I Die Diktatur, President Ebert invoked Article 48 to coun­ teract the anti-republican agitation that followed the mur­ der of Matthias Erzberger by rightist assassins. As a strong advocate of the Weimar constitution and one who urged the Germans to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, Erzberger had symbolized everything the extreme right detested in Weimar. 33 Although Schmitt made no reference to these events in his book, he would cite such examples in future works and from the beginning he wholeheartedly sup­ ported the use of Article 48 in defense of the constitution.

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