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Anti-Schmitt - En begreppsanalytisk studie av multituden och det politiska

Ek, Axel LU (2013) STVK02 20131
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
This study, which can be considered a study in political philosophy, develops the relationship between the two concepts multitude and the political. The aim is here to explore how the two concepts can be understood firstly by themselves, but also when coming together. In modernity, and most clearly in the tradition of the German legal theorist Carl Schmitt, the political was considered to belong to the public sphere in the public/private dichotomy. The central arena of the political was the state, which constituted the main political body in that it enveloped a people who could act as one. The political is also based on the friend-enemy distinction; the basis of politics is therefore understood as conflict in this tradition.
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This study, which can be considered a study in political philosophy, develops the relationship between the two concepts multitude and the political. The aim is here to explore how the two concepts can be understood firstly by themselves, but also when coming together. In modernity, and most clearly in the tradition of the German legal theorist Carl Schmitt, the political was considered to belong to the public sphere in the public/private dichotomy. The central arena of the political was the state, which constituted the main political body in that it enveloped a people who could act as one. The political is also based on the friend-enemy distinction; the basis of politics is therefore understood as conflict in this tradition.
The concept of the multitude, as developed by Spinoza and later by a group of radical political theorists, has challenged these assumptions, as it negates the dichotomies of modernity and even so parts of the friend-enemy distinction. The conclusion reached is that the multitude in many ways undermine the premises of the contemporary understanding of the concept of the political and that we may need to develop new ways of doing so. (Less)
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Ek, Axel LU
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STVK02 20131
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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multitude, The Political, Carl Schmitt, antagonism, state, Political philosophy, conceptual history
language
Swedish
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3798750
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2013-07-01 12:56:46
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  abstract     = {This study, which can be considered a study in political philosophy, develops the relationship between the two concepts multitude and the political. The aim is here to explore how the two concepts can be understood firstly by themselves, but also when coming together. In modernity, and most clearly in the tradition of the German legal theorist Carl Schmitt, the political was considered to belong to the public sphere in the public/private dichotomy. The central arena of the political was the state, which constituted the main political body in that it enveloped a people who could act as one. The political is also based on the friend-enemy distinction; the basis of politics is therefore understood as conflict in this tradition. 
The concept of the multitude, as developed by Spinoza and later by a group of radical political theorists, has challenged these assumptions, as it negates the dichotomies of modernity and even so parts of the friend-enemy distinction. The conclusion reached is that the multitude in many ways undermine the premises of the contemporary understanding of the concept of the political and that we may need to develop new ways of doing so.},
  author       = {Ek, Axel},
  keyword      = {multitude,The Political,Carl Schmitt,antagonism,state,Political philosophy,conceptual history},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Anti-Schmitt - En begreppsanalytisk studie av multituden och det politiska},
  year         = {2013},
}