The Concept of the PoliticalCarl Schmitt
“The specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that betweenfriend and enemy.”
The Concept of the Political is Carl Schmitt’s most influential work and one of the most influential works of political philosophy. First published in 1932 as an elaboration of a 1927 journal article, Schmitt lays out the concept of the political – the friend-enemy distinction – and delivers a cogent critique of the impossibility and impracticability of anything that seeks to abolish that distinction. Schmitt also sets up a cohesive theory that takes account of the varying intensities of the political. His theory cuts to the heart of the political phenomenon and provides insight that will prove increasingly relevant for coming generations.
Having produced the second complete English translation of this work to be printed, C.J. Miller labors to remain faithful to the original German and avoid any commentary or apologia for the plain words of this formidable legal and political thinker. Antelope Hill Publishing is proud to present C.J. Miller’s complete English translation of Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political.
Author: Carl Schmitt