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The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes: Meaning and Failure of a Political Symbol
by Carl Schmitt
foreword by Tracy B. Strong
translated by George Schwab and Erna Hilfstein
introduction by George Schwab
University of Chicago Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-226-73894-9
Library of Congress Classification JC153.H659S3513 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.1

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
One of the most significant political philosophers of the twentieth century, Carl Schmitt is a deeply controversial figure who has been labeled both Nazi sympathizer and modern-day Thomas Hobbes. First published in 1938, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes used the Enlightenment philosopher’s enduring symbol of the protective Leviathan to address the nature of modern statehood. A work that predicted the demise of the Third Reich and that still holds relevance in today’s security-obsessed society, this volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of political science.
 
“Carl Schmitt is surely the most controversial German political and legal philosopher of this century. . . . We deal with Schmitt, against all odds, because history stubbornly persists in proving many of his tenets right.”—Perspectives on Political Science
 
“[A] significant contribution. . . . The relation between Hobbes and Schmitt is one of the most important questions surrounding Schmitt: it includes a distinct, though occasionally vacillating, personal identification as well as an association of ideas.”—Telos

 

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