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New Left Review 68, March-April 2011

gopal balakrishnan


Response to Teschke’s ‘Decisions and Indecisions’

Assessments of the many first-rank European thinkers who sympathized or collaborated with fascism—Heidegger, De Man, Céline, Jünger, Gentile, Croce, Della Volpe, Pound—are inevitably problematic. In the case of Carl Schmitt, the difficulties are compounded by the apparent discontinuity of his political positions and his anomalous relationship to the intellectual traditions of the right. Coming to us from a disturbing place and time—and, for English readers, in the scrambled fragments of an ad hoc translation process—Schmitt’s writings do not fit within any grid of contemporary academic specialization. [1] I develop this discussion further in The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt, London and New York 2000. A sober evaluation requires both a careful diachronic contextualization and a critically informed interrogation of his work.

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