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The Concept of the Political
by Carl Schmitt
translated by George Schwab
University of Chicago Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-226-73886-4
Library of Congress Classification JA74.S313 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.011

In this, his most influential work, legal theorist and political philosopher Carl Schmitt argues that liberalism's basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing oneself for the state. This edition of the 1932 work includes the translator's introduction (by George Schwab) which highlights Schmitt's intellectual journey through the turbulent period of German history leading to the Hitlerian one-party state. It also includes Leo Strauss's analysis of Schmitt's thesis and a foreword by Tracy B. Strong placing Schmitt's work into contemporary context.

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