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Estudios Políticos

Print version ISSN 0121-5167
On-line version ISSN 2462-8433


MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, Wilmar Arley. Dictatorship as Incarnation of "The Political": Annotations Concerning Carl Schmitt. Estud. Polit. [online]. 2009, n.34, pp.47-62. ISSN 0121-5167.

This article is an attempt to reconstruct Carl Schmitt's concept of "the political" starting from reflections on his main texts and criticisms that some of his most disparaging readers have directed towards him. The text's thesis is that the concept of "the political" in Schmitt is equal to dictatorship. In order to demonstrate this position the article does an analysis of four central concepts in the development of the German jurist's conceptualization -sovereignty, the state of exception, decision and enemy. This analysis ends by showing that these concepts only acquire their explanatory content in the figure of dictatorship.

Keywords : Schmitt; Carl; Dictatorship; Sovereignty; State of Exception; Political Decision; Political Enemy.

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