Schmitt, Hobbes and the Politics of Emergency

  • Tom Sorell
Keywords: Thomas Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, politics, emergency

Abstract

Carl Schmitt reads Hobbes as a philosopher who thinks that politics is a response to emergency, and Schmitt adapts what he takes to be Hobbesian ideas to give a politics of emergency of his own, one that was supposed to have particular relevance to the upheavals of the Weimar Republic. I shall consider how Schmitt's theory might apply to at least one recent emergency. I shall claim that when applied it has considerable shortcomings, but that these are not always inherited from Hobbes.

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Published
2016-01-03
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Sorell T. Schmitt, Hobbes and the Politics of Emergency. FV [Internet]. 2016Jan.3 [cited 2020Sep.22];24(2). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/filozofski-vestnik/article/view/3394
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