Schmitt: Writings 1949-1978

Carl Schmitt: Writings from the West German Budesrepublik period 1949-1978

On Donoso Cortés 1949

Juan Donoso Cortés

  • Donoso Cortés in gesamteuropäischer Interpretation. Die neu Ordnung 3, no. 1. 1949.
  • A Pan-European Intrepretation of Donoso Cortés. Telos 125, 2002, 100-115.
  • Yleiseurooppalainen tulkinta Donoso Cortésista.



European Jurisprudence 1950

  • Die Lage der europäischen Rechtswissenschaft. Internationalier Universitätsverlag, Tübingen 1950.
  • The Plight of European Jurisprudence. Telos 83, 1990, 35-70.
  • Eurooppalaisen oikeustieteen tila

Christian Conception of History 1950


  • Drei Stufen historischer Sinngebung” Universitas 5 (1950): 927–31. [Drei Möglichkeiten eines christlichen Geschichtsbildes]
  • Three Possibilities for a Christian Conception of History.  Telos 147, 2009, 167–70.
  • Kristillisen historian näkemyksen kolme mahdollisuutta.

“We are convinced that paganism is not at all capable of any form of historical thought because it is cyclical. The historical loses its specific meaning within the cycles of an eternal recurrence. We know that the Enlightenment and the positivist belief in progress was only secularized Judaism and Christianity, and that it obtained its “eschata” from these sources. “

“The Christian Credo speaks of historical events.”

“Christianity is in its essence no morality and no doctrine. It is no penitential sermon, and no religion in the sense of comparative religious studies, but a historical event of infinite, non-appropriable, non-occupiable singularity. It is the incarnation in the Virgin Mary.”

Glossarium 1947-1951


  • Glossarium. Aufzeichnungen der Jahre 1947–1951, hrsg.v. Eberhard Freiherr von Medem. Duncker & Humbolt, Berlin 1991.
  • Glossary. Records of years 1947-1951.
  • Sanasto. Muistiinpanoja vuosilta 1947-1951.

 “The assimilated Jew is especially the true enemy.”

katechon“I believe in the Katechon; to me this is the only possibility, as a Christian, to understand history and find it meaningful.”

“Existentialism without Christianity. That really is Hamlet-Act without the Prince of Denmark. In contrast, the Marxists are in a great superiority.”

“The point of departure of thinking: from chaos to cosmos; from the state of nature to the state; in the displacement, however, there exists a brute that is the cause of the displacement. Hercules who kills monsters and survives as the last monster.”

Nomos of the Earth 1950

  • Der Nomos der Erde im Völkerrecht des Jus Publicum Europaeum, 1950.
  • The Nomos of the Earth in the International Law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum. G.L. Ulmen, trans. Telos Press, 2003.
    • 1. Five Introductory Corollaries
    • 2. The Land-Appropriation of a New World
    • 3. The Jus Publicum Europaeum
    • 3. The Question of a New Nomos of the Earth
  • Maan nomos Jus Publicum Europaeum kansainoikeudessa.

Hercules_killing_Cacus ”In mythical language, the earth became known as the mother of law. This signifies a threefold root of law and justice.”

“Every ontonomous and ontological judgment derives from the land.”

“We are on the threshold of a new stage of human spatial consciousness and global order.”

“The empire of the Christian Middle Ages lasted only as long as the idea of the katechon was alive.”

“Only a conclusive and fundamental separation of order and orientation can be called “nihilism” in an historically specific sense.”

“Nomos is the immediate figure in which the political and social order of a people becomes spatially visible.”

Appropriaton/ Distribution/ Production 1953


  • Nehmen/ Teilen/ Weiden: Ein Versuch, die Grundfragen jeder Sozial- und Wirtschaftsordnung vom Nomos her richtig zu stellen. Gemeinschaft und Politik;Zeitsschrift für soziale und politische Gestaltung 1, no. 3, 1953.
  • Appropriaton/ Distribution/ Production. An Attempt to Determine from Nomos the Basic Questions of Every Social and Economic Order. In Schmitt: Nomos of Earth. Telos Press Publishing, New York 2003.
  • Haltuunotto/Jakaminen/Tuotanto. Yritys asettaa jokaisen yhteiskunnallisen ja taloudellisen järjestyksen peruskysymykset oikealla tavalla nomoksen käsitteestä.

Hamlet 1956


  • Hamlet oder Hekuba. Der Einbruch der Zeit in das Spiel. Eugen Diederichs, Düsseldorf, Köln 1956.
  • Hamlet Or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time Into the Play. David Pan and Jennifer R. Rust, trans. Telos Press, 2009.
  • Hamlet vaiko Hecuba. Ajan murtautuminen näytelmään.

“The historical reality is stronger than any aesthetics, and also stronger than the most original subject.”

“The tragic ends where play-acting begins.”

“A poet can and must invent a lot, but he cannot invent the reality core of a tragic action.”

“Don Quixote is Spanish and a Catholic; Faustus is German and a Protestant. while Hamlet is between the two, in the chasm that defined Europe’s destiny.”

Tyranny of Values 1960.

  • Die Tyrannei der Werte. Überlegungen eines Juristen zur Wert-Philosophie, Stuttgart 1960. In Säkularisierung und Utopie. Ebracher Studien, Ernst Forsthoff zum 65. Geburtstag, Stuttgart-Berlin 1967, S. 37-62;
  • Tyranny of Values. Plutarch Press, Washington 1996.
  • Arvojen tyrannia.

The Partisan 1963


  • Theorie des Partisanen. Zwischenbemerkung zum Begriff des Politischen. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1963.
  • Theory of the Partisan. Theory of the Partisan: Immediate Commentary on the Concept of the Political. G. L. Ulmen, trans. Telos Press, 2007.
  • Partisaaniteoria. Välihuomautus Poliittisen käsitteeseen.

The partisan, by contrast, fights on a political front, and it is precisely the political character of his action that brings to the fore again the original sense of the word partisan.

. A motorized partisan loses his tellurian character.

The modern partisan fights with machine guns, hand grenades, plastic bombs, and soon perhaps with tactical atomic weapons.

partisansThe heart of the political is not enmity per se but the distinction of friend and enemy; it presupposes both friend and enemy.

“One half of mankind is taken hostage by the other half, armed with weapons of absolute annihilation. These require an absolute enemy lest they should be absolutely inhuman. Indeed, it is not in fact the means of destruction that annihilate, but men who kill other men by these means.”

“It is the renunciation of real enmity that opens the door for the work of annihilation of an absolute enmity.”

Political Theology II, 1970

  • Politische Theologie II. Die Legende von der Erledigung jeder Politischen Theologie.Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1970.
  • Political Theology II: The Myth of the Closure of any Political Theology. Polity Press 2008.
  • Poliittinen teologia II. Legenda kaiken poliittisen teologian selvittämisestä.

“There is no ovum in an old or renewable sense at all. There is only a novum. All de-theologisations, de-politicisations, de-juridifications, de-ideologisations, de-historicisations, or any other de-prefix entities tending towards a tabula rasa are nullified. The new, purely human and secular science is continuing and process progress of a widing renewal of knowledge in purely secular terms, driven by an ongoing human curiosity.”

Legal World Revolution 1978

  • “Die legale Weltrevolution: Politischer Mehrwert als Prämie auf juridische Legalität und Superlegalität.” Der Staat no. 17, 1978, 321-340.
  • The Legal World Revolution. Telos 1987.
  • Laillinen maailmanvallankumous. Poliittinen lisäarvo palkkiona oikeudellisesta laillisuudesta ja superlaillisuudesta.

“Humanity as such and as a whole has no enemies. Everyone belongs to humanity. Even the murder, at least so longs as he lives, must be treated as a human being.”

“The day world politics becomes to the earth it will be transformed into a world police power.”