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FERREIRA, Bernardo. Subject and order: romanticism and decisionism in the thinking of Carl Schmitt. Dados [online]. 2002, vol.45, n.4, pp.599-648. ISSN 1678-4588.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0011-52582002000400003.

The objective of this article is to discuss the link in the work of Carl Schmitt between the critique of romanticism and the reflection on the themes of sovereignty and decision. Based on an analysis of some key issues in the books Politische Romantik (Political Romanticism), Politische Theologie (Political Theology), and Die Diktatur (The Dictatorship), the article analyzes how, in Carl Schmitt, romanticism and decisionism represent counterpoised conceptual universes, which refer to each other in various aspects. The attempt is thus to highlight both the structurally controversial nature of the German jurist’s ideas and the close ties between his legal/political theory and his critique of the liberal-bourgeois order as a synthesis of modernity.

Keywords : Carl Schmitt; romanticism; sovereignty; dictatorship; modern state.

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