The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt: Terror, Liberal War and the Crisis of Global Order, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The International Political Thought of Carl Schmitt

Terror, Liberal War and the Crisis of Global Order, 1st Edition

Edited by Louiza Odysseos, Fabio Petito


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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 Part 1: Carl Schmitt’s Heterodox International Thought 1. The Realist Institutionalism of Carl Schmitt 2. Geopolitics and Grosspolitics: From Carl Schmitt to E.H. Carr and James Burnham 3. From Humanized War to Humanitarian Intervention: Carl Schmitt’s Critique of the Just War Tradition Part 2: 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 5. Partisan Warfare, Terrorism, and the Problem of a New Nomos of the Earth 6. War, Violence, and the Displacement of the Political 7. Crossing the Line? Carl Schmitt on the ‘Spaceless Universalism’ of Cosmopolitanism and the War on Terror Part 3: Searching for a New Nomos of the Earth 8. Carl Schmitt’s Warning on the Dangers of a Unipolar World 9. The Re-Emerging Notion of Empire and the Influence of Carl Schmitt’s Thought 10. Against World Unity: Carl Schmitt and the Western-Centric and Liberal Global Order 11. The Evolution of European Union Law and Carl Schmitt’s Theory of the Nomos of EuropePart 4: 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 13. The Ethos of Insecure Life: Reading Carl Schmitt’s Existential Decisionism as a Foucauldian Ethics 14. Nomos: Word and Myth

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