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The Concept of the Political

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Carl Schmitt

1888 CE – 1985 CE

Carl Schmitt was a German legal and political theorist.  His work focused on the state and sovereignty, the nature of politics, international law, religion and modernity and the basis of law.  He is a controversial thinker mainly because he accepted a top academic post in Hitler’s Germany and wrote in support of the Nazi regime.  His refusal to undergo de-nazification after World War II led to his being banned from holding any university post in Germany for the rest of his life.  His Nazi affiliation and activities cast a pall over his work that lingers to the present day.

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