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By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The paintings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is gifted in volumes, which jointly shape the main entire anthology of Rousseau's political writings in English. quantity I comprises the sooner writings akin to the 1st and moment Discourses. the yank and French Revolutions have been profoundly plagued by Rousseau's writing, therefore illustrating the scope of his impression. quantity II comprises the later writings resembling the Social agreement. The Social agreement was once publicly condemned on book inflicting Rousseau to escape. In exile he wrote either autobiographical and political works. those volumes include accomplished introductions, chronologies, and publications to extra studying, and should let scholars to totally comprehend the writings of 1 of the world's maximum thinkers.

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Should it not be true of holy wars and cru26. 32, 33, 38, 46; cf. 29, 30-32, 42, 43, 47, 53, 54. 26 I C A R L S C H MITT AND LED S T R A U S S sades what is true of wars that make the enemy " into an inhuman monster that must not only be fended off, but definitively annihilated," that "thus" (here he departs from the first edition) "is no longer only an enemy to be driven back into his own boundaries " ? With the concept of inten­ sity, Schmitt leaves "pure politics" behind, but by no means does he desire to forgo the advantages of his previ­ ous rhetoric.

Strauss's radical interpreta­ tion of what Schmitt not so much engages in as strives for contains this unspoken criticism: that the protagonist of the political achieves complete clarity neither about the position of the enemy nor about the presuppositions and requirements of his own project; and indeed, perhaps most surprisingly, that Schmitt did not recognize his most impor­ tant theoretical antipode as an antipode at all. Strauss ap­ pends a footnote, the only footnote in the whole essay, to the statement that Schmitt returns, contrary to liberalism, to its author in order to strike at the root of liberalism in Hobbes; in that footnote he calls attention to the fact that Schmitt, in the first edition of the Concept of the Political, had described Hobbes as "by far the greatest and perhaps the sole truly systematic political thinker" (1, 25).

Zwischenbemerktmg zmn Begriff des Politischen (Berlin, 1963), p. 94. However things may stand concerning the merits of Schmitt's later differentiation between the "conventional," the "real," and the "absolute enemy" with regard to the theory of war, that later differentiation is not decisive for the concept of the political. It is in no way demanded, and certainly not given a foundation, by the concept of the political. And the talk of the "especially intensive and inhu man wars" that, going beyo11d the political, degrade the enemy, also gains no su bstance by means of this distinction so long as the concept of intensity as constiwtive of the political is not itself abandoned.

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