From the Back Cover
"Despite certain signs of ironic distrust in the areas of metaphysics and ontology, The Concept of the Political
was, as we have seen, a philosophical type of essay to 'frame' the topic of a concept unable to constitute itself on philosophical ground. But in Theory of the Partisan
, it is in the same areas that the topic of this concept is both radicalized and properly uprooted, where Schmitt wished to regrasp in history the event or node of events that engaged this uprooting radicalization, and it is precisely there that the philosophical as such intervenes again."
Jacques Derrida, from The Politics of Friendship
"Carl Schmitt's Theory of the Partisan is a must-read to understand our age of terrorism, in which adversaries are degraded as criminal and subhuman. Schmitt traces the transformation of the enemy concept that had governed limited warfare for the European sovereign states into the dogma that defines the political foe as a target of complete annihilation."
President, National Committee on American Foreign Policy
Professor emeritus, City University of New York