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Carl Schmitt's Critique of Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology

by John P. McCormick

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This is the first in-depth critical appraisal in English of the political, legal, and cultural writings of Carl Schmitt, perhaps this century's most brilliant critic of liberalism. Moreover, it offers an assessment of this most sophisticated of fascist theorists without attempting either to apologize for or demonize him.Schmitt's Weimar writings confront the role of modern technology as it finds expression through the principles and practices of liberalism. Just as technology is characterized by both the abstractly formal logic of Enlightenment science and the irrational will toward domination generated by mass exhilaration and fear, so liberalism, according to Schmitt, lays out abstractly neutral rules to govern a social reality comprising a plurality of mutually irrational and incommensurable subjective perspectives. John McCormick examines why technology becomes a rallying cry for both right- and left-wing intellectuals at times when liberalism appears anachronistic, and he shows the continuities between Weimar's ideological debates and those of our own age.… (more)

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