Der Begriff des Politischen

By Carl Schmitt

Schmitt assaults the "liberal-neutralist" and "utopian" notions that politics could be got rid of of all warlike, agonistic strength, arguing clash existed as embedded in life itself, likewise constituting an ineradicable trait of anthropological human nature. Schmitt makes an attempt to confirm his rules by means of referencing the declared anthropological pessimism of "realistic" Catholic (and Christian) theology. The anti-perfectibilist pessimism of conventional Catholic theology Schmitt considers esoterically correct to the internal ontological being of politics and political task within the modern international, sleek humans subconsciously secularizing theological highbrow principles and matters. Schmitt criticizes political "radicals" as primarily ignorant, deluded, pseudo-messianic in mentality, and oblivious to the stark, challenging wisdom of unveiled human nature, its esse, encoded in old theology, in which unique Sin held relevant, axial position, intertwining his personal principles of meta-politics with a reformulated "metaphysics of evil".

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