The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes: Meaning and Failure of a Political Symbol

University of Chicago Press (1996)
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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Call number JC153.H659.S3513 2008
ISBN(s) 9780226738949   0226738949
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Gabriella Slomp (2007). Carl Schmitt on Friendship: Polemics and Diagnostics. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 10 (2):199-213.
Patricia Springborg (2010). Hobbes and Schmitt on the Name and Nature of Leviathan Revisited. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 13 (2):297-315.
Stephen Holmes (2010). Does Hobbes Have a Concept of the Enemy? Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 13 (2):371-389.

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