The Crisis of Political Form : The Question of Space in the Work of Carl Schmitt. / Rowan, Rory.

2013. 289 p.

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abstract = "This thesis examines the role of space in the work of the German legal andpolitical theorist Carl Schmitt (1888-1983). It has two fundamental aims.Firstly, to identify what role spatial concepts play in Schmitt's work. Second,to examine what relevance Schmitt{\textquoteright}s spatial thought might have for thinkingabout the relation between space and politics today. In response to the firstquestion the thesis argues that spatial concepts occupy a structural positionthroughout Schmitt{\textquoteright}s work that has thus far been overlooked. The centralclaim is that Schmitt understands political order, in the absence of necessaryfoundations, to be fundamentally grounded upon the division of space. Thedivision of space allows political relations to be managed within a formalframework. However, Schmitt understood this relationship between spatialdivision and political relations to be in crisis in the twentieth century. Thethesis traces Schmitt's various attempts to address this crisis first within thehorizon of the state and then on the basis of new global spatial divisionsbeyond the state form. In answering the second question the thesis arguesthat in order to assess the contemporary relevance of Schmitt's spatialthought it must be contextualized in relation to both the central concerns ofhis work as a whole and the political contexts within which it emerged. Thisis of particular importance in judging how Schmitt's involvement withNational Socialism bears on the contemporary value of his thought. Inconclusion the thesis argues that whilst a critical awareness of his troublingpast is necessary in approaching Schmitt's work it none-the-less raisesfundamental questions of enduring relevance.",
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