This is an examination of the implicit phenomenological and existential foundations of Schmitt's political philosophy. "Groundless Existence" discusses the implicit phenomenological and existential foundations of Schmitt's political philosophy. The book's unique contribution lies in its claim that Schmitt decisively breaks with the metaphysical tradition and predicates the political on the 'groundless' categories of existence, including risk, decision, and agonism. This argument is substantiated by both tacit and explicit existentialist and phenomenological underpinnings of Schmitt's work, discussed here for the first time in book form. The book provides an insight into the implications of Schmitt's thought reconceptualized in the light of contemporary political developments. An essential text for anyone interested in the political theory of Carl Schmitt, it offers a new reading of Schmitt's work against the double background of phenomenology and existentialism.
Michael Marder is Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Editor of Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Thought.
List of Abbreviations: The Works of Carl Schmitt; Introduction: On the Possibility of a Non-Objectivist Political Ontology; Part I - The Elements; Chapter 1 - Geometry of the Exception: The Point and The Line To the Point; Chapter 2 - The Danger: Unavoidability of Risk; A Taxonomy of Risk; Chapter 3 - The Non-Ground: From the Concept of the Political to the Event of Politics; Chapter 4 - Politics in Question; Part II - The Critique; Chapter 5 - Metonymic Abuses of Modernity; In the Name of the Law...; Chapter 6 - Political Reduction to Constitutive Subjectivity; Schmitt and Husserl: From the Crisis; Part III - On the Ground; Chapter 7 Living Forms: Culture, Multiculturalism and the Complexio Oppositorum; Chapter 8 - Political Hermeneutics: The Necessity of Interpretation.