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The Power of Carl Schmitt: Fascism, Dualism and Justice

Version 1 : Received: 29 November 2018 / Approved: 30 November 2018 / Online: 30 November 2018 (15:49:55 CET)

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Cohen, R.A. The Power of Carl Schmitt: Fascism, Dualism and Justice. Religions 2019, 10, 7. Cohen, R.A. The Power of Carl Schmitt: Fascism, Dualism and Justice. Religions 2019, 10, 7.

Journal reference: Religions 2018, 10, 7
DOI: 10.3390/rel10010007

Abstract

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.

Subject Areas

justice, fascism, Nazi, Gnosticism, power, ethics, will

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