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Jean-Francois Drolet and James Dunkerley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116505

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116505.001.0001

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Carl Schmitt and the American century

Carl Schmitt and the American century

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American Foreign Policy

Jean-François Drolet

Manchester University Press

During the past two decades or so, the German jurist and political theorist Carl Schmitt (1888-1985) has been read both as a mediated source of intellectual influence on the American political establishment and as a vehicle for radical criticism of this same establishment. In his contribution to this volume, Jean-Francois Drolet offers an analytical reconstruction of Schmitt’s interpretation of American foreign policy on the backdrop of this apparent paradox in the reception of his legacy in America and Europe. His analysis engages with a wide range of well-known and less well-known texts, in which Schmitt reflects on some of the key pronouncements and moments in the history of US foreign policy. While working his way through these studies, Drolet draws particular attention to the philosophical prisms through which Schmitt came to conceptualise the relationship between technology, political violence and ‘values’ in the formulation of American foreign policy during the second half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Carl Schmitt, US Foreign Policy, Values, Technology, Global Civil War, Nuremberg

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