Theorie des Partisanen 1963

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

  • 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.

The 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.”