Carl Schmitt: Theories of Dictatorship and Constitution [E]

Term: Fall 2008

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5199

The seminar will involve an intensive reading and analysis of Schmitt�s Constitutional Theory, published in 2008 in English. In particular, we will examine the link of the concept of sovereign dictatorship to his conception of the constituent power. Registered Students (auditors will be permitted if they come to all sessions) will be asked to prepare in-class presentations, and in the end a Seminar paper on the relationship of ONE or TWO of the following to Constitutional Theory: 1. The classical doctrines of either Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Rousseau, Sieyes, Condorcet, Madison OR Jefferson 2. The contemporary works of Jellinek, Carre de Malberg, Hauriou, Heller OR Kelsen 3. Schmitt�s own works: Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Die Diktatur (available in Spanish, French and Italian translations as well), Political Theology, Concept of the Political; Legality or Legitimacy; OR The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy 4. Theorists influenced by Schmitt: Arendt, arguably Ackerman, Mouffe, Agamben, Negri, Derrida, OR Lindahl 5. Schmitt�s American interpreters: Schwab, Bendersky, Kennedy, Scheuerman, Kalyvas et.al. Class schedule will be organized according to student presentations, with the first five sessions focusing on the book Die Diktatur (that will be made accessible through four languages and secondary treatments). Crosslisted with Political Science.


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