The Leviathan In The State Theory Of Thomas Hobbes: Meaning And Failure Of A Political Symbol

Paperback | October 15, 2008

byCarl Schmitt

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One of the most significant political philosophers of the twentieth century, Carl Schmitt is a deeply controversial figure who has been labeled both Nazi sympathizer and modern-day Thomas Hobbes. First published in 1938, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes used the Enlightenment philosopher’s enduring symbol of the protective Leviathan to address the nature of modern statehood. A work that predicted the demise of the Third Reich and that still holds relevance in today’s security-obsessed society, this volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of political science.
 
“Carl Schmitt is surely the most controversial German political and legal philosopher of this century. . . . We deal with Schmitt, against all odds, because history stubbornly persists in proving many of his tenets right.”—Perspectives on Political Science
 
“[A] significant contribution. . . . The relation between Hobbes and Schmitt is one of the most important questions surrounding Schmitt: it includes a distinct, though occasionally vacillating, personal identification as well as an association of ideas.”—Telos

 

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One of the most significant political philosophers of the twentieth century, Carl Schmitt is a deeply controversial figure who has been labeled both Nazi sympathizer and modern-day Thomas Hobbes. First published in 1938, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes used the Enlightenment philosopher’s enduring symbol of the prote...

Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) was a legal and political theorist and constitutional lawyer. He is the author of several books published by the University of Chicago Press, including The Concept of the Political and Political Theology. George D. Schwab is the president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, which he cofounded ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword, 2008
Carl Schmitt and Thomas Hobbes: Myth and Politics
Tracy B. Strong

Foreword, 1996
George Schwab

Introduction
George Schwab

Translator’s Note
George Schwab and Erna Hilfstein

Introduction
Carl Schmitt

Overview of Chapters I through VII

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V 

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Appendix: The State as a Mechanism in Hobbes and Descartes

Index

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“[A] significant contribution. . . . The relation between Hobbes and Schmitt is one of the most important questions surrounding Schmitt: it includes a distinct, though occasionally vacillating, personal identification as well as an association of ideas.”