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    Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty (Paperback) By (author) Carl Schmitt, Edited by George Schwab, Foreword by Tracy B. Strong

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    DescriptionWritten in the intense political and intellectual tumult of the early years of the Weimar Republic, "Political Theology" develops the distinctive theory of sovereignty that made Carl Schmitt one of the most significant and controversial political theorists of the twentieth century. Focusing on the relationships among political leadership, the norms of the legal order, and the state of political emergency, Schmitt argues in "Political Theology" that legal order ultimately rests upon the decisions of the sovereign. According to Schmitt, only the sovereign can meet the needs of an "exceptional" time and transcend legal order so that order can then be reestablished. Convinced that the state is governed by the ever-present possibility of conflict, Schmitt theorizes that the state exists only to maintain its integrity in order to ensure order and stability. Suggesting that all concepts of modern political thought are secularized theological concepts, Schmitt concludes "Political Theology" with a critique of liberalism and its attempt to depoliticize political thought by avoiding fundamental political decisions.

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    Political Theology
    Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carl Schmitt, Edited by George Schwab, Foreword by Tracy B. Strong
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 116
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226738895
    ISBN 10: 0226738892

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    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    B&T General Subject: 650
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
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    DC22: 320.15
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    DC22: 320.1/5
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    LC classification: JC327 .S3813 2005
    BISAC V2.8: REL084000
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPA, QD
    Edition statement
    Univ of Chicago.
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    17 February 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) was a legal theorist, political philosopher, and the author of Legality and Legitimacy, On the Three Types of Juristic Thought, Political Romanticism, Nomos of the Earth, Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy, and The Concept of the Political, the last available from the University of Chicago Press.
    Review quote
    "Political Theology is about the nature, and thus about the prerogatives, of sovereign political authority in the West.... It is perhaps the piece that best serves as an introduction to Schmitt's thought." - from the Foreword by Tracy B. Strong"