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Integral PluralismBeyond Culture Wars$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125718

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.001.0001

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The Concept of the Political

The Concept of the Political

Politics between War and Peace

(p.22) (p.23) 2. The Concept of the Political
Integral Pluralism

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

Schmitt's “purist” or conceptual approach emerges clearly in the opening lines of his text: “The concept of the state presupposes the concept of the political,” where “state” means the political status of an organized people in an enclosed territorial unit. For him the central question was whether—in partially sidelining the state—the social domain could also sideline and absorb politics in the sense of the political, or whether a new definition was needed that would recognize the state as a prominent though not exclusive example of the new concept. Schmitt writes that the definition of the political “can be obtained only by discovering the specifically political categories.”

Keywords:   Schmitt, purist, domain, territorial unit, politics

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