My second book titled “The Exceptionally Decisive Carl Schmitt: Naming the Sovereign Hand” is out now on Kindle. Here I give some info about why I wrote the book, style of the book, a brief synopsis, and summary of chapters.
What was the motivation?
I encountered Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) while writing my first book Mysteries of State in the Renaissance : Neoplatonism, Reformation and Political Cosmology. Schmitt appeared an interesting subject to write about, not only because of his brief association with the National Socialists in Germany, but also because of his thought which ran counter to much I had experienced. Furthermore, the last book I wrote covered the period up to the late Renaissance. This period was the starting point for Schmitt’s speculations on politics and law so it was a natural progression for me to make.
Style of the Book
In writing The Exceptionally Decisive Carl Schmitt I tried to appeal to a broader audience than the group of ‘Schmittians’ and ‘anti-Schmittians’ who regularly discourse on the German jurist. There are a lot of short, punchy sentences and the paragraphs are generally quite small. The book is also broken down into sub-sections for each chapter. Some neologisms are used. Diagrams are also included, 10 in all. Nevertheless, this is a book for someone interested in political theory and it is primarily aimed at a readership interested in ideas.
I’ll keep this very brief. Basically I wanted to show how the two themes of ‘names’ and ‘the hand’ can be used to understand the sovereign theory of Schmitt. Oh yeah, the ‘exceptionally decisive’ bit of the title: the decision and exception were components of sovereignty for Schmitt.
Chapter 1: Sovereignty is explained in a general context and then Schmitt’s definition of sovereignty is explicated.
Chapter 2: This is about the concept of sovereignty, or how sovereignty is visualized.
Chapter 3: Identity and Representation.
Chapter 4: Dictatorship
Chapter 5: This is about the triumph of talking over proper decision making in modern politics and why Schmitt was opposed to it.
Chapter 6: The Decisions
Chapter 7: The Exception
The price of the book is £3.50 in the UK and similar prices worldwide. I hope to do specials on it as well and intend to publish it for use on other reading devices. I hope you read it because you will understand more about what’s going on in the world today.