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Remembering Carl Schmitt:
July 11, 1888–April 7, 1985

Posted By Greg Johnson On July 11, 2013 @ 4:13 am In North American New Right | Comments Disabled

Carl Schmitt, 1888–1985 [1]

Carl Schmitt, 1888–1985

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Carl Schmitt was born on July 11, 1888 in Plettenberg, Westphalia, Germany–where he died on April 7, 1985, at the age of 96. The son of a Roman Catholic small businessman, Carl Schmitt studied law in Berlin, Munich, and Strasbourg, graduating and taking his state exams in Strasbourg in 1915. In 1916, he earned his habilitation [2] in Strasbourg, qualifying him to be a law professor. He taught at business schools and universities in Munich, Greifswald, Bonn, Berlin, and Cologne.

During the Third Reich, Schmitt joined the NSDAP (on May 1, 1933). He was appointed Prussian State Counselor and President of the Union of National Socialist Jurists. He particularly enjoyed the confidence and patronage of Hermann Göring, but from 1936 on was regarded as ideologically unsound by some within the SS. In 1945, he was arrested and interned for more than a year by American occupiers. Schmitt refused “de-Nazification” and retired to the village of his birth where he continued to write, receive visitors, and quietly maintain his political contacts until the end of his life. Among his many visitors were Ernst Jünger, Alexandre Kojève, Guillaume Faye, and Robert Steuckers.

Schmitt is now widely recognized as one of the great anti-liberal political and legal theorists, whose works are valued on the anti-liberal left as well as on the right. His books are steadily being translated into English. Available titles include:

Schmitt is one of the most significant political theorists for the North American New Right, and one measure of the embryonic state of our movement is that we are just beginning to come to grips with him. Counter-Currents/North American New Right has published several works by Schmitt online:

We have also published several studies of Schmitt:

The following essays make substantial reference to Schmitt:

In the coming years, we will considerably expand our coverage of Schmitt by commissioning studies of his various works as well as translations of literature by European New Right authors. All of this is contingent on our ability to raise the necessary funds, so please consider donating [32] to our summer fund-raising campaign today.

 


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[2] habilitation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habilitation

[3] Political Romanticism: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1412814723/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=1412814723

[4] Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226738892/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0226738892

[5] Roman Catholicism and Political Form: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0313301050/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=0313301050

[6] The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0262691264/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0262691264

[7] The Concept of the Political: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226738922/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0226738922

[8] Constitutional Theory: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0822340704/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0822340704

[9] Legality and Legitimacy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0822331748/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0822331748

[10] On the Three Types of Juristic Thought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0313318913/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=0313318913

[11] The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes: Meaning and Failure of a Political Symbol: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0226738949/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0226738949

[12] The Nomos of the Earth in the International Law of Jus Publicum Europaeum: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0914386301/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0914386301

[13] Land and Sea: http://www.counter-currents.com/tag/land-and-sea/

[14] Hamlet or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time into the Play: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0914386425/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=0914386425

[15] Theory of the Partisan: Intermediate Commentary on the Concept of the Political: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0914386336/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0914386336

[16] Political Theology II: The Myth of the Closure of any Political Theology: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0745642543/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=countecurrenp-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=0745642543

[17] Writings on War: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0745652972/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0745652972&linkCode=as2&tag=countecurrenp-20

[18] Total Enemy, Total State, and Total War: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/07/total-enemy-total-state-and-total-war/

[19] The Way to the Total State: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/07/the-way-to-the-total-state/

[20] Further Development of the Total State in Germany: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/07/further-development-of-the-total-state-in-germany/

[21] Neutrality According to International Law and National Totality: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/07/neutrality-according-to-international-law-national-totality/

[22] The Lesson of Carl Schmitt: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/07/the-lesson-of-carl-schmitt/

[23] Reflections on Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/02/reflections-on-carl-schmitts-the-concept-of-the-political/

[24] The Political Soldier: Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan: http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/07/the-political-soldier-carl-schmitts-theory-of-the-partisan/

[25] Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political: http://www.counter-currents.com/2010/07/carl-schmitts-the-concept-of-the-political/

[26] Notes on Liberal Democracy and its Alternative: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/01/notes-on-liberal-democracy-and-its-alternative/

[27] Historiography of the Right: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/05/historiography-of-the-right/

[28] Part 1: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/01/leo-strauss-the-conservative-revolution-and-national-socialism/

[29] Part 2: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/03/leo-strauss-the-conservative-revolution-and-national-socialism-part-2/

[30] Part 1: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/08/geopolitics-of-leviathan-part-1/

[31] The German Conservative Revolution and its Legacy: http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/08/the-german-conservative-revolution-and-its-legacy/

[32] donating: http://www.counter-currents.com/donate/

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