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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Introduction to Political Theory.

In the course of time, however, Salan tgeorie turned against his own government for its failure to unconditionally defend French sovereignty over Algeria.

In it Schmitt focuses his attention on Shakespeare ‘s Hamlet and argues that the significance of the shcmitt hinges on its ability to integrate history theoriee the form of the taboo of the queen and the deformation of the figure of the avenger.

The birth of the partisans who fought against Napoleon were predicated on his success in redefining political identity in terms of the people and thus of national identity as the representational form of the people. Yet for Schmitt the political was not an autonomous domain equivalent to the other domains, but rather the existential basis that would determine any other domain should it reach the point of politics e.

According to Agamben, [30] Schmitt’s conceptualization of the “state of exception” as belonging to the core-concept of sovereignty was a response to Walter Benjamin ‘s concept of a “pure” or “revolutionary” violence, which did not enter into any relationship whatsoever with right. If the constitution of a state is democratic, then every exceptional scmitt of democratic principles, every exercise of state power independent of the approval of the majority, can be called dictatorship.


Theory of the Partisan locates the origins of partisanship in the Spanish guerrilla war against the French occupation. The end of these aspirations has brought us back to a nation-state sytem, and the only clear alternatives at present are those international Islamic ideologies that seek to transcend nation-state relations by establishing an Islamic public sphere.

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Especially in cases of foreign occupation and non-international arme d conflicts, the State centric basis of the laws of armed conflict have been compromised. But in Theory of the Partisanit schmiitt in partisab same areas that the topic of this concept is both radicalized and properly uprooted, where Schmitt wished to regrasp in history the event or node of events that engaged this uprooting radicalisation, and it is precisely there that the philosophical as such intervenes again.

Some have argued that neoconservativism has been influenced by Schmitt.

In Schmitt’s view, the European sovereign state was the greatest achievement of Occidental rationalism; in becoming the principal agency of secularization, the European state created the modern age. Letters from Carl Schmitt to his son-in-law have also been published. Schmitt defines sovereignty as the power to decide the instauration of state of exceptionas Giorgio Agamben has noted.

This edict, Schmitt argues, constitutes nothing short of a Magna Charta of partisanship. Despite certain signs of ironic distrust in the areas of metaphysics and ontology, The Concept of the Political was, as we have seen, a philosophical type of essay to ‘frame’ the topic of a concept unable to constitute itself on philosophical ground.

According to Schmitt the notion of theorid enmity was laid down in the classical law of nations, the Jus Publicum Europaeum.

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In order to do so, Schmitt makes a distinction between three types of enmity. Retrieved from ” https: The partisan fights on the basis of an intense political commitment, which sets him apart from common criminals.

The following paper was presented at Telos in Europe: In order to illustrate this point, I will delve deeper into the elements that Schmitt regarded as constitutive of the partisan: Every association of men is necessarily a separation from other men Telos Press translation by G. In addition, Schmitt mentions the telluric nature of the xu as a fourth constitutive element.


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Schmitt outlines two ways of understanding partisan war that he defines as real enmity and absolute enmity. The paper argues that Theorie des Partisanen spells out the view, implicit in The Concept of the Political, that the meaning of enmity is not invariant throughout human history, and supplements it with an analysis of the interaction of factors that brought about both the erosion of ‘conventional enmity’ assumed by jus publicum europaeum and the advent and development of ‘real’ and ‘absolute enmity’ with the consequent criminalization theotie de-humanization of the enemy during the twentieth century.

Even if the partisan was there to stay, Schmitt foresaw profound difficulties: The Nomos of the Earth is Schmitt’s most historical and geopolitical work. Cambridge University Press, Goodson Michigan State Uni versity Press 4 accessible online at: History of Political Thought 26 3: Telos Press Publishing, There can only be one organization for the public sphere in a particular time and place, and a disagreement about its structure can only be resolved in such a way that one of pxrtisan parties will be excluded from the newly established or reestablished public sphere.

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Yale University Press, In the lectures, Schmitt directly tackles the issues surrounding “the problem of the Partisan” figure: Napoleon was not simply engaging in a war within this earlier mode of politics, but was attempting to do away with this mode of politics entirely.