The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes

Meaning and Failure of a Political Symbol

Carl Schmitt

Carl Schmitt

Translated by George Schwab and Erna Hilfstein
With an Introduction by George Schwab and a new Foreword by Tracy B. Strong
184 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1996, 2008
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9780226738949 Published October 2008
One of the most significant political philosophers of the twentieth century, Carl Schmitt is a deeply controversial figure who has been labeled both Nazi sympathizer and modern-day Thomas Hobbes. First published in 1938, The Leviathan in the State Theory of Thomas Hobbes used the Enlightenment philosopher’s enduring symbol of the protective Leviathan to address the nature of modern statehood. A work that predicted the demise of the Third Reich and that still holds relevance in today’s security-obsessed society, this volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of political science.
 
“Carl Schmitt is surely the most controversial German political and legal philosopher of this century. . . . We deal with Schmitt, against all odds, because history stubbornly persists in proving many of his tenets right.”—Perspectives on Political Science
 
“[A] significant contribution. . . . The relation between Hobbes and Schmitt is one of the most important questions surrounding Schmitt: it includes a distinct, though occasionally vacillating, personal identification as well as an association of ideas.”—Telos

 
Mark Lilla | New York Review of Books
“The English translation of this work is truthful to the German original and permits the critical reader to understand Schmitt . . . the way he understood himself.”
Perspectives on Political Science
“Carl Schmitt is surely the most controversial German political and legal philosopher of this century. . . . We deal with Schmitt, against all odds, because history stubbornly persists in proving many of his tenets right.”
Telos
“[A] significant contribution. . . . The relation between Hobbes and Schmitt is one of the most important questions surrounding Schmitt: it includes a distinct, though occasionally vacillating, personal identification as well as an association of ideas.”
Contents

Foreword, 2008
Carl Schmitt and Thomas Hobbes: Myth and Politics
Tracy B. Strong

Foreword, 1996
George Schwab

Introduction
George Schwab

Translator’s Note
George Schwab and Erna Hilfstein

Introduction
Carl Schmitt

Overview of Chapters I through VII

Chapter I

 

Chapter II

 

Chapter III

 

Chapter IV

 

Chapter V 

 

Chapter VI

 

Chapter VII

 

Appendix: The State as a Mechanism in Hobbes and Descartes

 

Index

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