The Concept of the Political

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The Concept of the Political
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The 1996 University of Chicago Press edition
Author Carl Schmitt
Country Germany
Language German (trans. to English by George Schwab)
Subject Political philosophy
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 105
LC Class JA 74 .S313

The Concept of the Political (German: Der Begriff des Politischen) is a work by the German philosopher and jurist Carl Schmitt. It examines the fundamental nature of the "political" and its place in the modern world.

It was first published in 1927, while Germany was governed by the Weimar Republic. In 1932, with the Nazi ascension to power imminent, Schmitt published a second edition, with significant, and controversial, revisions. However, it is likely that these revisions were made in response to the reaction of Leo Strauss.[1]


  1. ^ Meier, Heinrich. Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss: The Hidden Dialogue. University of Chicago Press, 2006.

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