The Concept of the Social

This is an outline of a talk I hope to give. It will be argued that freedom is inherently a collective concept. 


Carl Schmitt was a 20th century German jurist. Ibn Khaldun was a 14th-15th century Islamic thinker. Both had a definition of politics that was inherently humane and rooted in social relations. Today politics is often viewed as a liberation of the individual from irrational social forces.

As part of a forum entitled What is Freedom (click link for details), hosted by the Muslims of Norwich and taking place as part of Islamic Awareness Week, I intend to give a talk based on Schmitt’s and Ibn Khaldun’s political definitions on March 22nd.

The title of the talk is The Concept of the Social: Remarks on Schmitt’s Political and Ibn Khaldun’s ‘Asabiyah.

A resolution of Schmitt’s theory of the political will be attempted. Furthermore, it is argued that freedom is inherently a collective, as opposed to an individualistic, concept.

Here is an outline of the talk with section headings;


Carl Schmitt & Legal Order

Carl Schmitt & the Political

Strauss’ Critique

De-politicization/Political Euthanasia

Ibn Khaldun

The Concept of the Social

Final Thoughts

Currently, I am researching a book on Carl Schmitt. Any comments or suggested corrections to this post are welcome. I have already authored one book Mysteries of State in the Renaissance. My Amazon page is here.

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