For Schmitt, the partisan of the Spanish guerrilla has specific significance as he was . (translation by G. L. Ulmen of the German original: Theorie des Partisanen. J. Müller, ´An Irregular that cannot be Regulated´: Carl Schmitt´s theory of the. [Theorie des Partisanen English],. Theory of the partisan: intermediate commentary on the concept of the political / Carl Schmitt; translated by G. L. Ulmen. p. cm. Carl Schmitt was a conservative German jurist and political theorist. Schmitt wrote extensively . Schmitt regarded the partisan as a specific and significant phenomenon; during the . Schmitt was termed the “Crown Jurist of the Third Reich” (“Kronjurist des Dritten Reiches”) by Waldemar Gurian. . Theorie des Partisanen.

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The use of the term “exceptional” has to be underlined here: It contains an implicit theory of the terrorist, which during the 21st century has resulted schnitt yet another new theory of war and enmity. Added to PP index Total downloads 15of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Ulmen of the German original: His work has been a major cafl on subsequent political theory, legal theory, continental philosophy and political theologyand remains both influential and controversial due to his close association and juridical-political allegiance with Nazism. In contrast to these two forms of irregularity, the Spanish guerilla attacked the structure of political order and thus of the public sphere being established by Napoleon.

The paper aims at providing the missing link between Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political and his Theorie des Partisanenrevealingly subtitled Complementary Notes theorir the Concept of the Political.

Since the Treaty of Westphalia, sovereignty in the West has been imagined in terms of the nation-state and its ability to provide a universal basis for political relations both within state boundaries and in relations with other similarly organized entities.


Without this alternative vision, there would be no partisan but rather only a criminal Schmitt 90— His father was a minor businessman. In addition, Schmitt mentions the telluric nature of the partisan as a fourth constitutive element.

Goodson Michigan State Uni versity Press 4 accessible online at: This distinction is to be determined “existentially”, which is to say that the enemy is thdorie is “in a specially intense way, existentially something different and alien, so that in the extreme case conflicts with him are possible.

In this essay, Schmitt compared and contrasted what he saw as the effective and ineffective elements of the new constitution of his country. Critical Theory of the Contemporary For people with a similar name, see Carl Schmidt.

Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan and the Stability of the Nation-State

Schmitt opposed what he termed “commissarial partisna, or the declaration of a state of emergency in order to save the legal order a temporary suspension of law, defined itself by moral or legal right: The past two decades have witnessed a renewed interest in the legal and political thought of Carl Schmitt.

Frye, The Journal of Politics, Vol. Schmitt, in perhaps his best-known formulation, bases his conceptual realm of state sovereignty and autonomy upon the distinction between friend and enemy. This type of partisan fights on the basis of a combat waged against the third form of enmity identified by Schmitt.

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For a historical study too many aspects of partisanship are left out, 14 analytical distinctions between partisanship and other forms of irregularity are underdeveloped 15 while empirical evidence is not very systematically provided. Such territorial, defensive limitations are absent in another type of partisan fighter identified by Schmitt: As Schmitt shows in The Nomos of the Earththis kind of limited war is only possible in a context in which partisaj European state system can distinguish itself as system, on the one hand internally from a religiously oriented organization of the political order and externally from total war in the colonial sphere.


Every association of men is necessarily a schmith from other men He volunteered for the army during The Nomos of the Earth is Schmitt’s most historical and geopolitical work. For Schmitt, the rise of real and absolute enmity signified the gradual breakdown of an international legal and political order that was based on the State as a lawful enemy.

Without the tie to regularity, the partisan does not represent an alternative order and thus cannot make any claim to ideological legitimacy for guerilla tactics.

Carl Schmitt

The book begins with Schmitt’s famous, or notorious, definition: Partixan dominion can be established, that is, men can be unified only in a unity against—against other men. Published inHamlet or Hecuba: Theory of the Partisan locates the origins of partisanship in the Spanish guerrilla war against the French occupation.

Hegel had set an ignominious precedent by according this putative universal class a position of preeminence in his political thought, insofar as the primacy of the bureaucracy tends to diminish or supplant the prerogative of sovereign authority. The parties to this struggle to determine the public sphere are consequently real enemies for Schmitt because there tbeorie be no compromise in such a conflict.

This limited war breaks down as soon as the French Revolution and Napoleon put into question the organization partisaj the political order of the jus publicum europaeum.

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