Typology of political ethics

At the conclusion of our adventure, we thus have to conclude that the relationship between ethics and politics has been a conflicted affair ever since ontology began to retreat from political philosophy in the modern age. There are several routes that could have been travelled. We have also seen the relationship between politics and ethics … Continue reading Typology of political ethics


Rounding off: The Rousseau-Schmitt circle

We saw in the previous post that Schmitt's concept of the political goes along with a 'problematic' notion of human nature. In Leo Strauss’ analysis, the fact that politics is in a certain sense inescapable entails that “the position of the political must ultimately be more than the recognition of the reality of the political, … Continue reading Rounding off: The Rousseau-Schmitt circle

Schmitt’s attempt beyond dualism

Carl Schmitt allows us to see not only the tradition of criticizing current systems of value, which takes us from Nietzsche to Weber, but also the ironic elements in Kant’s first appendix in a new light. Under the heading of political romanticism, Schmitt attacks the supposed heroism of true political action as reinforcing the underlying … Continue reading Schmitt’s attempt beyond dualism

Weber on ‘Beruf’

Nietzsche is a bridging figure within the genealogical narrative of this series of posts. He presents the culmination point of the ethical aspect of depoliticization critique: as ontology and universality retreat, ethics and politics occupy the foreground. We saw how the general will overcame particularity in Rousseau; how morality and politics remained ambivalent in Kant; … Continue reading Weber on ‘Beruf’