Leviathan 1938

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

  • Der Leviathan in der Staatslehre des Thomas Hobbes. Sinn und Fehlschlag eines politischen Symbols. Hamburg : Hanseatische Verlagsanstalt, Hamburg 1938.
  • The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes: Meaning and Failure of a Political Symbol. George D. Schwab & Erna Hilfstein, trans. Greenwood Press, 1996.
  • Leviathan Thomas Hobbesin valtioteoriassa. Poliittisen symbolin merkitys ja epäonnistuminen.



“Hobbes’ Leviathan, a combination of god and man. animal and machine, is the mortal god who brings to man peace and security.”

“Image of Leviathan overpowers and overshadows all other constructions.”

“The relation between protection and obedience is the cardinal point of Hobbes’ construction of the state.”

“The question of faith and miracle became its misfortune.”

“The distinction of inner and outer became for the mortal god a sickness unto death.”

“What could have been a grand signal of restoration of the vital energy and political unity began to be perceived in a ghostly light and became a grotesque horror picture.”