The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy

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MIT Press, 1988 - Philosophy - 132 pages
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Described both as "the Hobbes of our age" and as "the philosophical godfather of Nazism," Carl Schmitt was a brilliant and controversial political theorist whose doctrine of political leadership and critique of liberal democratic ideals distinguish him as one of the most original contributors to modern political theory. The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy offers a powerful criticism of the inconsistencies of representative democracy. First published in 1923, it has often been viewed as an attempt to destroy parliamentarism; in fact, it was Schmitt's attempt to defend the Weimar constitution. The introduction to this new translation places the book in proper historical context and provides a useful guide to several aspects of Weimar political culture. The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy is included in the series Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

 

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Contents

Series Editors Foreword
vii
On the
1
Introduction to the First Edition 1923
18
Standard conceptions of identity in democratic
31
Dictatorship in Marxist Thought
51
Dictatorship and dialectics the metaphysical proof
65
Openness and discussion division and balance
76
On the Ideology of
77
Bibliography to the 1926 Edition
111
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