Neutralisierungen und Entpolitisierungen

Carl Schmitt / 1890-1918 / 1919-1933 / 1933-1945 / 1945-1949 / 1949-1978

Das Zeitalter der Neutralisierungen und Entpolitisierungen 1929, 1932

  • “Die europäische Kultur im Zwischenstadium der Neutralisierung.”Europäische Revue, vol. 5, no. 8 (1929), 517-30.
  • “Das Zeitalter der Neutralisierungen und Entpolitisierungen.” Carl Schmitt, Der Begriff des Politischen: Text von 1932 mit einem Vorwort und drei Corollarien. Dunker & Humblot, Berlin 1963, 79-95.
  • The Age of Neutralizations and Depoliticizations. Translated by Matthias Konzett and John P. McCormick. Telos, Summer 93, Issue 96.
  • Neutralisointien ja depolitisointien aika. Teoksessa Poliittisen käsite. Tutkijaliitto, Helsinki 2015.

“All concepts of spiritual field, including the concept of mind, are pluralistic and can only be understood in terms of concrete political existence.”

“When the decisive moment arrives, the legitimating foreground vanishes like an empty phantom.”

“The 20th century began as the age not only of technology but of a religious belief in technology.”

“All concepts of spiritual field, including the concept of mind, are pluralistic and can only be understood in terms of concrete political existence.”

“All essential concepts of spiritual sphere are not normative but existential.”

“As the centre of spiritual life has continuously shifted in the last four centuries, so have all concepts and words.”

“Technology is always only an instrument and weapon; precisely because it serves all, it is not neutral. No single decision can be derived from the immanence of technology, least of all for neutrality.”

“It is the belief in an activist metaphysics — the belief in unlimited power and the domination of man over nature, even over human nature; the belief in the unlimited “receding of natural boundaries,” in the unlimited possibilities for change and prosperity. Such a belief can be called fantastic and satanic, but not simply dead, spiritless or mechanized soullessness.”