Radical Philosophy

A new issue of Radical Philosophy is out… and I have a piece in it. I’m very pleased to finally have a full article in a journal that has been really important to my work since I began my PhD. I had a few reviews and the interview with Kostas Axelos in it before, but this is the first full piece.

The piece is a critical reading of Carl Schmitt, and particularly the recent interest in his work on international politics. You can find the issue here.

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1 Response to Radical Philosophy

  1. Oliver Belcher says:

    Hey Stuart, I’m excited to read this. I gave a (very incomplete) presentation at the political geography pre-conference on the relation of Schmitt’s understanding of the “telluric character” of the guerrilla/insurgent (from Theory of the Partisan) to his work on space/earth/nature in Nomos. I read Nomos right after Dialectic of Enlightenment, and there’s an interesting dialectic between those two books, I think. I’m not sure if you are aware, but the “must read” circulating in COIN circles right now is a book called “Empires of Mud” (how he identifies the structure of the Taliban) by a guy named Antonio Giustozzi at LSE. The book is more or less serving as a “handbook,” so to speak, by NATO/ISAF for a decentralized approach for empowering warlords instead of Karzai; i.e., taking into account “local” cultural differences vs. a centralized state. How Giustozzi gets the title is interesting. He says its from the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt,” but the lyrics in that song are actually “You could have it all/My *empire of dirt*.” So, his use of mud (Taliban) cannot be an innocent gesture lost in translation… he has, after all, lived in London for many years now. Point being, this “telluric character” of the insurgent (especially the rural insurgent in Afghanistan) as understood by Schmitt has a spectral presence of sorts currently within the U.S. military (e.g., the “Local Defense Initiative”) and COIN intellectual circles. Anyhow, point being that I am also in the midst of writing an article on Schmitt’s geopolitics, and I look forward to reading your’s in full. I hope all is well, and great seeing you at the AAGs, however briefly.

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