- Series: Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers
- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415478502
- ISBN-13: 978-0415478502
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,047,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carl Schmitt: Law as Politics, Ideology and Strategic Myth (Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Michael Salter has held academic posts at the Universities of Sheffield, Birmingham, Ulster, Lancaster and Central Lancashire. His previous books include Hegel and Law (ed., 1993), Nazi War Crimes, US Intelligence and Selective Prosecution at Nuremberg, (2007) and US Intelligence, the Holocaust and the Nuremberg Trials (2 vols. 2009)
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it begins with a hundred pages about schmitt's argument against kelsen's positivistic jurisprudence and makes some good points regarding the idea of schmitt's own philosophy. after this hundred page first section you get a series of small chapters that deal with the problems of political mythos, particularly hobbes and leviathan. but none of it really gets into deep analysis of law or ideas in jurisprudence. it also fails to provide analysis of other concepts in political philosophy. instead it repeats the same basic idea over and over, that's about it. i genuinely imagine you could simply read the book for the quotations and bypass salter's commentary.
i am not trying to downplay salter's scholarship at all. he has written several heavy duty tomes on law and that is why i let my hopes exceed what this book actually contains.
for american readers, as well, much of the roasting salter and schmitt do with kelsen will not apply to american law which has (pretended to) embrace realism. much of it still applies in larger or broader constitutional debate. but when you take the structure of a legal system itself, the book addresses european law and international law, rather than american systems or even english law (common law).
i would not recommend this to anyone who is not a specialist in schmitt.