The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt
Terror, Liberal War and the Crisis of Global Order
Presenting the first critical analysis of Carl Schmitt's The Nomos of the Earth and how it relates to the epochal changes in the international system that have risen from the collapse of the ‘Westphalian’ international order.
There is an emerging recognition in political theory circles that core issues, such as order, social justice, rights, need to be studied in their global context. Schmitt’s international political thought provides a stepping stone in these related paths, offering an alternative history of international relations, of the genesis, achievements and demise of the ‘Westphalian system.’ Writing at a time when he believed that the spatial, political and legal order—the nomos of the earth—had collapsed, he highlighted the advent of the modern state as the vehicle of secularization, tracing how this interstate order was able to limit and ‘rationalize and humanize’ war. Providing a large number of case studies including: global terrorism, humanitarian intervention and US hegemony, this book will give further impetus to, and expand, the nascent debate on the significance of Schmitt’s legal and political thought for international politics.
The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, law and history.
Table of Contents
‘The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt: an introduction’ Louiza Odysseos and Fabio Petito
PART I: CARL SCHMITT’S HETERODOX INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT
1. ‘The realist institutionalism of Carl Schmitt’ Alessandro Colombo
2. ‘Geopolitics and Grosspolitics: from Carl Schmitt to E. H. Carr and James Burnham’ Mika Luoma-aho
3. ‘From humanized war to humanitarian intervention: Carl Schmitt’s critique of the just war tradition’ Chris Brown
PART II: THE CRISES OF ORDER (NOMOS) IN THE POST-9/11 ERA
4. ‘Global terrorism and the state of permanent exception: the significance of Carl Schmitt’s thought today’ Alain de Benoist
5. ‘Partisan warfare, terrorism, and the problem of a new Nomos of the earth’ Gary L. Ulmen
6. ‘War, violence, and the displacement of the political’ Linda S. Bishai and Andreas Behnke
7. ‘Crossing the Line? Carl Schmitt on the ‘Spaceless Universalism’ of Cosmopolitanism and the War on Terror’ Louiza Odysseos
PART III: SEARCHING FOR A NEW NOMOS OF THE EARTH
8. ‘Carl Schmitt’s warning on the dangers of a unipolar world’ Chantal Mouffe
9. ‘The re-emerging notion of Empire and the influence of Carl Schmitt’s thought’ Danilo Zolo
10. ‘Against world unity: Carl Schmitt and the Western-centric and liberal global order’ Fabio Petito
11. ‘The evolution of European Union law and Carl Schmitt’s theory of the nomos of Europe’ J. Peter Burgess
PART IV: CRITICAL RE-READINGS OF CARL SCHMITT’S INTERNATIONAL THOUGHT
12. ‘A terrifying world without an exterior: Carl Schmitt and the metaphysics of international (dis)order’ Mika Ojakangas
13. ‘The ethos of insecure life: reading Carl Schmitt’s existential decisionism as a Foucauldian ethics’ Sergei V. Prozorov
14. ‘Nomos: word and myth’ Mitchell Dean
Louiza Odysseos is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, UK. Fabio Petito is Fellow in International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and also teaches International Relations at the University 'L’Orientale' in Naples, Italy.