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The Logos Journal

Carl Schmitt Taken Liberally


About author:
Is a German philosopher. He was a professor of ordinary of philosophy and political theory at the University of Zurich. From 1975 to 1978 he was the head of the German Society for Philosophy. He became widely known for his statements on current political issues. He belongs to the school of Joachim Ritter. He is the author of numerous works on political philosophy, the most recent of which are: ‘Modernization of the Winners: Religion, Sense of History, Direct Democracy, and Morality’ (2004), ‘Civilization Ecumenism: Cultural, Technical, and Political Globalization’ (2005), ‘From Parteigenosse to a Citizen of the State’ (2007).

The article makes an attempt to reconstruct a little known subject from the European history of ideas of the 20th century related to Carl Schmitt’s intellectual impact on the formation of the post-war generation of the German conservatives, to which the author of this article himself belongs. On the basis of his personal memories, the author discusses Carl Schmitt’s membership in Joachim Ritter’s Collegium Philosophicum in Münster and the impact of Schmitt’s works on the members of this intellectual circle. At the same time the ambivalent nature of the reception of Schmitt’s ideas is exposed. It manifests itself either in a direct adoption, or in a noticeable distancing from some Schmittean intentions (antiparlamentarism etc.)

Keywords: history of ideas, liberal reception of Carl Schmitt, intellectual impact, left schmitteanism, young conservatives, genesis of liberalism, political decision, decisionism, eclecticism

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