Theory of the Partisan

Theory of the Partisan Carl Schmitt one of the great legal and political thinkers of the th century thought long and hard about the role and significance of war He saw how the international law of the Eurocen

  • Title: Theory of the Partisan
  • Author: Carl Schmitt G.L. Ulmen
  • ISBN: 9780914386339
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Carl Schmitt 1888 1985 , one of the great legal and political thinkers of the 20th century, thought long and hard about the role and significance of war He saw how the international law of the Eurocentric era of world history began to falter at the end of World War I and foundered at the end of World War II Following World War II, belligerent acts around the world beganCarl Schmitt 1888 1985 , one of the great legal and political thinkers of the 20th century, thought long and hard about the role and significance of war He saw how the international law of the Eurocentric era of world history began to falter at the end of World War I and foundered at the end of World War II Following World War II, belligerent acts around the world began to assume a distinctly partisan character, and the belligerents were increasingly non state actors His Theory of the Partisan originated in two lectures that Schmitt delivered in 1962, which addressed the transformation of war in the post European age Schmitt concludes Theory of the Partisan with the statement The theory of the partisan flows into the question of the concept of the political, into the question of the real enemy and of a new nomos of the earth Theory of the Partisan analyzes a specific and significant phenomenon that ushered in a new theory of war and enmity It contains an implicit theory of the terrorist, which in the 21st century has ushered in yet another new theory of war and enmity Consequently, this work is not only of historical interest, but is relevant to contemporary political and military developments and concerns.

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    1. Review:April 2010Who is, was, and will be, the Partisan?This book, the 'Theory of the Partisan', grew out of two lectures delivered March of 1962, fittingly, in Spain. I say 'fittingly' because it was in Spain, during the resistance to Napoleon, that we first encounter the full figure of the partisan fighter. Schmitt observes that 'regular' warfare (which is contrasted with the irregular warfare of the partisan throughout this text) only emerged with (that is, in opposition to) Napoleon and the [...]

    2. Somewhat relevant on the 60s and 70s, not so much today. This text will live in the shadow of The Concept of the Political, a true classic.

    3. Este texto reúne un par de conferencias que dio Schmitt en Navarra y otro sitio que no me acuerod y paso de consultar, invitado por Fraga en los años 60. El título reza que es una acotación al concepto de lo político, pero lo veo más relacionado con El nomos de la tierra y la Teología política. Atendiendo al contenido de la obra es cuanto menos decepcionante: el rigor histórico presente en la mayoría de las obras de Schmitt aquí es tergiversado, concretamente en el caso de Mao y Lenin [...]

    4. The book discusses the theory of a partisan and its origin that started in the Spain back in 1801. He gives a description of what a partisan is in terms of internal motives and external adaptation. The book in some way might seem trivial and not supported by logical arguments but once one refers to commentary on the ideas from outside sources, things connect.

    5. While I appreciate the intellectual exercise in defining the nebulous space between soldier and terrorist, I'm not sure Schmitt makes his point. Perhaps it is the translation but the complicated language is difficult to overcome. I did learn the definitions for autochthonous, acherontic, and telluric though… Also, he has structured his historical inquiry by topic-point, not time, meaning he frequently jumps back and forth between 1813, 1870, 1914, and 1941 among others. He also loves tangents. [...]

    6. "This interested third party is not some banal figure like the proverbially laughing third party. It belongs rather, and essentially, to the situation of the partisan, and thus also to his theory. The powerful third party delivers not only weapons and munitions, money, material assistance, and medicines of every description, he offers also the sort of political recognition of which the irregularly fighting partisan is in need, in order to avoid falling like the thief and the pirate into the un [...]

    7. Interesting exploration how the modern theory of partisan replaces classical humanistic idea of regulated war and just enemy with absolute war and absolute enemy, who is delegitimated to the extent humanity itself is denied to him. However, at least in my laic view, the abstract juristic approach dissolves into chaotic observations of discrepancies between reality and law theory, as demonstrated for instance in discussing rather absurd question whether partisan is insurable.

    8. Read in one sitting. The hypothesis (well, theory) is solid and the author knows his point. However he might be the worst writer of all times. He doesn't know how to hold an audience and convey his points in a clear way. A friend of mine questioned my view as 'we humans stopped reading hard books we should read more hard books'. It's not that at all. He's a horrible writer.

    9. Decent foundation for the theory of a "partisan," i.e. a rebel or terrorist force. Somewhat repetitive and pretentious.

    10. A historical overview of the partisan's political development. A valuable study for what it says, specially in getting to a definition of the partisan, but also for what it hints to.

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