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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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Conclusion—Rousseau’s paradox

Conclusion—Rousseau’s paradox

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(p.298) 6 Conclusion—Rousseau’s paradox
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The State of the Political
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Duncan Kelly

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262870.003.0006

This chapter binds the book together, recapitulating its general argument, and offering pointers as to how the study relates to some contemporary questions of political theory. It suggests that a classification that distinguishes between Weber the ‘liberal’, Schmitt the ‘conservative’ and Neumann the ‘social democrat’, cannot provide an adequate understanding of this episode in the history of political thought. Nor indeed can it do so for other periods. In this book, one part of the development of their ideas has focused on the relationship between state and politics. By learning from their examples, people continue their own search for an acceptable balance between the freedom of the individual and the claims of the political community.

Keywords:   Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Franz Neumann, political theory, political community, social democrat, liberal

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