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Carl Schmitt, Hans Freyer and theradical conservative critique of liberal democracy in the Weimar republic

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In the case of Schmitt, much of recent scholarship in English has overlooked or even denied the radical conservatism of his Weimar writings. The approach pursued here will, I hope, put his works into more historically accurate perspective. In the case of both Freyer and Schmitt, their intellectual and rhetorical gifts helped undermine support for liberal democracy in Germany, and indeed were intended to do so; this paper, however, focuses on their social and political thought rather than on their influence.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Catholic University of America.

Publication date: April 1, 1991


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