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The State of the PoliticalConceptions of Politics and the State in the Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, and Franz Neumann$
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Duncan Kelly

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262870

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262870.001.0001

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Rethinking Franz Neumann’s route to Behemoth

Rethinking Franz Neumann’s route to Behemoth

(p.258) 5 Rethinking Franz Neumann’s route to Behemoth
The State of the Political

Duncan Kelly

British Academy

This chapter discusses the thought of Franz Neumann, up to and including the publication of his famous work Behemoth in 1942. It shows how Neumann's legal and constitutional ideas developed largely from Schmitt's terms of reference, and how his account of rationality and the modern state drew upon Weber. This cross-fertilization of conceptual ideas, coupled with his own political sympathy for a socialist state under a fully democratized Weimar Constitution, offers an intriguing context within which to explore his route to Behemoth. This chapter also presents a detailed assessment of his analysis of National Socialism.

Keywords:   Franz Neumann, Behemoth, Carl Schmitt, Max Weber, socialist state, Weimar Constitution, National Socialism

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