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Title: Carl Schmitt's Metapolitics
Authors: Lievens, Matthias # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Series Title: Constellations vol:20 issue:1 pages:121-137
Abstract: This paper argues that to make sense of Schmitt’s work, one should analyze his philosophical strategy as a metapolitical struggle, which unfolds in two steps. First, it is a struggle against depoliticizing ‘types of spirit’ and for the particular spiritual form that makes conflicts political. For Schmitt, the political is a plural spiritual space of friends and enemies who reciprocally recognize each other, and has to be distinguished from politics, a specifically institutionalized social sphere. Secondly, Schmitt’s strategy constitutes an attempt to articulate the political and politics in a particular way. Conscious of the capacity of the political to shift, he argues it should be ‘correctly placed,’ in the sphere of politics. The relation between both dimensions of Schmitt’s metapolitics is aporetic, and discloses the spectral character of each political struggle, which cannot, pace Schmitt, be reduced to a friend/enemy duality, but inevitably entails a multiplication of enmities.
ISSN: 1351-0487
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies
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