What does Carl Schmitt have to offer to ongoing debates about sovereignty, globalization, spatiality, the nature of the political, and political theology? Can Schmitt’s positions and concepts offer insights that might help us understand our concrete present-day situation? Works on Schmitt usually limit themselves to historically isolating Schmitt into his Weimar or post-Weimar context, to reading him together with classics of political and legal philosophy, or to focusing exclusively on a particular aspect of Schmitt’s writings. Bringing together an international, and interdisciplinary, range of contributors, this book explores the question of Schmitt’s relevance for an understanding of the contemporary world. Engaging the background and intellectual context in which Schmitt wrote his major works – often with reference to both primary and secondary literature unavailable in English – this book will be of enormous interest to legal and political theorists.

chapter |16 pages

Editors' introduction

ByMatilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström, Panu Minkkinen

part I|88 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Carl Schmitt's definition of sovereignty as authorized leadership

ByLeila Brännström

chapter 2|16 pages

Carl Schmitt and the problem of constitutional guardianship

ByLars Vinx

chapter 3|14 pages

Political community in Carl Schmitt's international legal thinking

ByMarkus Gunneflo

chapter 4|14 pages

Carl Schmitt and the tyranny of values

ByJuha-Pekka Rentto

chapter 5|13 pages

A law without the political

Carl Schmitt, romanticism, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Execution of Justice
ByPanu Minkkinen

chapter 6|14 pages

Social acceleration, motorized legislation and framework laws

ByCarl-Göran Heidegren

part II|74 pages


chapter 7|13 pages

Law, decision, necessity

Shifting the burden of responsibility
ByJohanna Jacques

chapter 8|14 pages

Representation and the unrepresentable

Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt and the limits of politics
ByMårten Björk

chapter 9|13 pages

Rethinking the concept of the political

Derrida's reading of Schmitt's ‘The Theory of the Partisan’
ByJacques de Ville

chapter 10|18 pages

Eschatology and existentialism

Carl Schmitt's historical understanding of international law and politics
ByWalter Rech

chapter 11|14 pages

Carl Schmitt and the new world order

A view from Europe
ByMassimo Fichera

part 3|58 pages


chapter 12|14 pages

‘Im Kampf um Rom’

Carl Schmitt's critique of Rudolph Sohm and the post-secular turn
ByHjalmar Falk

chapter 13|13 pages

Processes of order and the concreteness of the sacred

On the contemporary relevance of Carl Schmitt's critique of nihilism
ByJon Wittrock

chapter 14|15 pages

Beyond the jurist as a theologian of legal science

The question of Carl Schmitt and the international legal order
ByPeter Langford, Ian Bryan

chapter 15|14 pages

From teleology to eschatology

The katechon and the political theology of the international law of belligerent occupation
ByMatilda Arvidsson