Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss: The Hidden Dialogue by Heinrich Meier

By Heinrich Meier

Carl Schmitt used to be the main recognized and debatable defender of political theology within the 20th century. yet in his best-known paintings, the concept that of the Political, issued in 1927, 1932, and 1933, political issues led him to hide the dependence of his political conception on his religion in divine revelation. In 1932 Leo Strauss released a severe evaluation of idea that initiated an incredibly refined trade among Schmitt and Strauss relating to Schmitt’s critique of liberalism. even if Schmitt by no means spoke back Strauss publicly, within the 3rd version of his publication he replaced a few passages according to Strauss’s criticisms. Now, during this based translation via J. Harvey Lomax, Heinrich Meier indicates us what the awesome discussion among Schmitt and Strauss unearths in regards to the improvement of those seminal thinkers.Meier contends that their alternate in simple terms ostensibly revolves round liberalism. At its center, their “hidden discussion” explores the elemental clash among political theology and political philosophy, among revelation and reason­and finally, the important query of ways people should stay their lives. “Heinrich Meier’s remedy of Schmitt’s writings is morally analytical with no moralizing, a amazing feat in view of Schmitt’s earlier. He needs to appreciate what Schmitt used to be after instead of to brush off him out of hand or bowdlerize his options for modern political purposes.”—Mark Lilla, big apple assessment of Books 

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He can "volun­ tarily die for whatever he wants to; that, like everything essential in an individualistic-liberal society, is altogether a 'private matter"' (49). On the other hand, the enemy, and war as the "most extreme realization of enmity" (33), confront him with a question that he cannot evade at will. They confront him with decisions in which he must decide about himself, in the face of which he is compelled to achieve clarity about his identity. For the political is lo­ cated "not in fighting itself' but in a behavior that is ori­ ented toward the real possibility of war, "in clear knowl­ edge of one's own situation, defined by that possibility; and in the task of rightly distinguishing between friend and interested in camouflages, concealments, and smokescreens therefore has a cake­ walk.

The political, which Schmitt brings to bear as fundamental, is in Strauss's interpretation neither more nor less than the "state of nature" that the "philosophy of culture" has erased from memory. "There­ with the question about the genus within which the specific difference of the political is to be stipulated has also been answered: the political is a status of man; indeed, the politi­ cal is the status as the 'natural, ' the fundamental and ex­ treme, status of man" (Nl l ). Strauss by no means fails to appreciate that Schmitt's THE HIDDEN DIALOGUE I 33 "state o f nature" is defined "fundamentally differently" from that of Hobbes, that for Hobbes it is the "state of war of individuals, " whereas for Schmitt it is the "state of war of groups (especially of nations).

To be sure, the first condition for such a treatise would be that these works of the seventeenth century no longer be understood, as has almost always happened so far, in the horizon of the philosophy of culture. " T H E HIDDEN DIALOGUE I 31 finds expression i n 1 930-3 1 i n h i s d isavowal o f the concep­ tion of the political in terms of domains and can also be inferred from the changes i n wording that he makes when republishing his 1 929 speech "European Culture i n the Intermediate Stages of Neutralization" in the Concept of the Politicaf 33-are grasped and articulated by Strauss in the most fundamental way imaginable.

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