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A “Catholic Layman of German Nationality and Citizenship”?: Carl Schmitt and the Religiosity of Life  

Reinhard Mehring

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2014
Carl Schmitt positioned his constitutional theory in the context of a “political theology” and referred to himself repeatedly as a Catholic. Schmitt scholarship has long pursued this ... More

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue: An Study in Moral Theory  

John R. Wallach

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Feb 2016
This essay discusses the contribution of Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue (1981) to a generation of moral theory. Pitched as a critique of liberal individualism (e.g., Rawls), modernity ... More

Animals as Scientific Objects  

Mike Michael

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2014
The chapter addresses the topic of animals as scientific objects by drawing on recent literature that emphasizes the heterogeneous construction—or eventuation—of the object. As such, the ... More

Animals in Religion  

Stephen R. L. Clark

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Apr 2017
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Dec 2014
Both “animals” and “religion” are contentious concepts, with many possible meanings and associations. This chapter takes animals to be eukaryotes distinct from protists, plants and fungi, ... More

Beyond Belief?: The Rapid Expansion of Same-Sex Marriage  

Julie Hollar

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Feb 2019
This chapter analyzes the expansion of same-sex marriage around the world, its causes and its consequences. It argues that the domestic and transnational factors shaping a country’s ... More

Carl Schmitt and Modernity  

Friedrich Balke

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2015
Carl Schmitt’s political and juridical thought is anchored in a specific diagnosis of modernity. He develops the concept of the political because of how the location and address of the ... More

Carl Schmitt and the Weimar Constitution  

Ulrich K. Preuß

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2014
This chapter explores Carl Schmitt’s response as a political, legal, and constitutional theorist to the permanent crisis of the Weimar Republic during its short-lived existence between ... More

Carl Schmitt in Plettenberg  

Christian Linder

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2015
This chapter focuses on Carl Schmitt’s years in post–World War II Germany. After being released from the Nuremberg prison for war criminals, Schmitt returned to his birthplace, ... More

Carl Schmitt’s Defense of Democracy  

William Rasch

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Jan 2017
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Nov 2014
Carl Schmitt accommodated himself to the ascendency of democratic thinking in the post–World War I world of the 1920s. No sovereign authority, he argued, could fail to acknowledge “the ... More

Deliberation and Justice  

Stefan Rummens

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Sep 2018
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Oct 2018
Discussions of the relationship between justice and democracy are generally premised on the assumption that they are two different things, only contingently and externally related. As a ... More

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