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Carl Schmitt's Sovereign: A Critique

Liew, YK; (2012) Carl Schmitt's Sovereign: A Critique. Ratio Juris , 25 (2) 263 - 269. 10.1111/j.1467-9337.2012.00513.x. Green open access

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Abstract

The discussion of the sovereign is a discourse of legal limits — the boundary between law and non-law. Steering clear from providing an abstract definition, Carl Schmitt bases his discussion on the concrete application of the sovereign. This short article considers the viability of Schmitt’s theory and his attempt to “secularise theological concepts” by exploring three aspects of the theory: the pouvoir constituant, the “dialogue” between the nation and the sovereign, and the “decision” of the sovereign. The paper concludes that Schmitt’s sovereign does not convincingly overcome the inherent dissonance between the transcendental and the temporal.

Type: Article
Title: Carl Schmitt's Sovereign: A Critique
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9337.2012.00513.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9337.2012.00513.x
Language: English
Additional information: The definitive version is available at wileyonlinelibrary.com
Keywords: Carl Schmitt
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460198
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