Shklar versus Schmitt

Elisabeth Holzleithner

In her oeuvre, Judith N. Shklar vehemently deals with the abysses of the human character. What people can do to one another, particularly by exercising state power, is terrifying, and this is exactly the foundation of her model of a liberal state. Carl Schmitt’s image of humanity is at least as sinister, but he draws completely different conclusions. The paper at hand looks into the premises and political anthropologies of the two authors. It tries to elicit at which junctions they take different paths and prompts the question how plausible these conflicting paths of thought are. The frame for these deliberations is formed by challenges of existing liberal democracies by current developments towards a new authoritarianism in Europe and the United States.

Institut für Rechtsphilosophie, Forschungsplattform GAIN - Gender: Ambivalent In_Visibilities, Forschungszentrum Religion and Transformation
ÖFOS 2012
506013 Politische Theorie, 603117 Rechtsphilosophie, 603116 Politische Philosophie, 603115 Philosophische Anthropologie
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