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Title: The "Concept of the Political" in Its Genesis
Other Titles: The Unpolitical Schmitt of Leo Strauss
Authors: Ciccarelli, Pierpaolo
Keywords: StraussSchmittHusserlPhenomenologyMoral and Political PhilosophyLiberalism
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Pierpaolo Ciccarelli, "The "Concept of the Political" in Its Genesis. The Unpolitical Schmitt of Leo Strauss" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2019) XXI/3", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2019, pp. 115-142
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
My article is based on the hermeneutic hypothesis (formulated in § 1) that in the “Notes on
Carl Schmitt” (1932), Leo Strauss’s way of interpreting undergoes a “change” in its method.
From the historicistic “orientation” that characterizes the first two sections of the text, Strauss
moves in the third section to a phenomenological interpretation aimed at discovering the genesis
and moral basis of Schmitt’s “concept of the political”. This hermeneutic hypothesis allows
me to explain: (§ 2) the reason why Strauss denies what seems most obvious, namely that
Schmitt’s Bejahung (“affirmation” or “approval”) of “the political” is itself of a “political” character;
(§ 3) what Strauss means, in this context, by “the moral”, which, according to him, is at
the root of Schmitt’s conceptualization of “the political”; (§ 4) what the “intention” is of
Strauss’s interpretation of Schmitt.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
DOI: 10.13137/1825-5167/29499
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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