Carl Schmitt (Transl. by: Alexander Filippov 1 )
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

Das Zeitalter der Neutralisierzngen und Entpolitisierungen

2001, vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 48–58 [issue contents]
In the talk given in 1929 in Barcelona, Carl Schmitt developed on the ideas which were previously presented in the article “The Concept of the Political” (1927). In 1932, when the extended version of the article was published as a single book, the talk has become an appendix to the book. Schmitt sketched out the history of “the last 4 centuries of the European history” as a history of shifts of central domains: from theology (16 century) towards metaphysics (17 century), then – towards the Enlightenment and doctrines of moral virtues (18 century), and finally – towards economism (19 century). At any of these shifts it was assumed that order should have been established in the relevant central domain while the rest would follow. At any moment the concept of the state reflected the relevant central domain. At the same time, European humankind always looked for a neutral space where a common understanding could be achieved if it was not possible in a given central domain. The domain which used to be central at a certain point is neutralized and stops being central. On the grounds of the new central domain there is hope to establish minimum level of consensus and common assumptions and to make possible security, evidence, mutual understanding and peace.
Citation: Schmitt C. (2001) Epokha depolitizatsiy i neytralizatsiy [Das Zeitalter der Neutralisierzngen und Entpolitisierungen]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 1, no 2, pp. 48-58 (in Russian)
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