Cohen, R.A. The Power of Carl Schmitt: Fascism, Dualism and Justice. Religions2019, 10, 7.
Cohen, R.A. The Power of Carl Schmitt: Fascism, Dualism and Justice. Religions 2019, 10, 7.
To show that underlying Schmitt's account of fascist politics lies a Gnostic-like metaphysical dualism separating the realms of value and power. Contrary to the normative political tradition of the West, which defends an ethical politics, Schmitt - jurist and theorist of the Nazis - aligns himself with Machiavelli and Hobbes to defend realpolitik: where sovereignty is ultimately a function of the Dictator's will alone. This paper shows the contradiction within such a position, which criticizes values in politics but by its advocacy, and its defense of the Dictator's willing, relies on valuation, choice, and hence the ethical.
justice, fascism, Nazi, Gnosticism, power, ethics, will
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