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Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror by Gabriella Slomp

Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror


Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Hostility, Violence and Terror by Gabriella Slomp

Carl Schmitt's friend/enemy principle is exposed to in-depth philosophical analysis and historical examination with the aim of showing that the political follows hostility, violence and terror as form follows matter. The book argues that the partisan is an umbrella concept that includes the national and global terrorist.


Slomp offers a provocative analysis of Carl Schmitt's understanding of hostility and the partisan useful for those who are just now encountering his thought and those long acquainted with it... In thinking through Schmitt's account of hostility, Slomp provides a useful category for thinking about contemporary terrorism. - CHOICE

About the Author

GABRIELLA SLOMP is Senior Lecturer in International Political Thought at the University of St Andrews, UK. After attaining her PhD at the LSE, she worked at the Universities of Swansea and Strathclyde. She is the author of Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory, editor of Thomas Hobbes and has published numerous articles in the history of political thought.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th May 2009


Gabriella Slomp

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Palgrave Macmillan


182 pages


Political science & theory
Social & political philosophy
Terrorism, armed struggle



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