Carl Schmitt - is that a problem for Schmitt? 4. What are...

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Carl Schmitt CC, Pedersen Section, 28 April 2008 1. Context matters! Situating Carl Schmitt (and Max Weber) in the politics, culture, and crises of imperial and Weimar Germany. 2. What is the "question" or "problem" to which "The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy" is a response? 3. Over the course of the nineteenth century, Schmitt says, "democracy" became hegemonic, the sole source of political legitimacy. All political movements (liberalism, socialism) made their peace with it. Why
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Unformatted text preview: is that a problem for Schmitt? 4. What are the core foundations of democracy (26; and see Schmitt's clarification of his views, 9-10)? 5. What are the core foundations of liberalism? Why is liberalism to "be understood as a consistent, comprehensive metaphysical system" (35)? 6. Why does Schmitt consider democracy and liberalism incompatible? Parliamentarism is supposed to reconcile the two: can it (49-50)? 7. If it can't, what alternatives do we have?...
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