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The Lesson of Carl Schmitt’s Realism

The Autonomy and the Primacy of the Political

Attila Gyulai

Political realism claims that politics should be understood as politics and not as a derivative of any other field of human activity. While contemporary realists often argue for the autonomy of politics, this article suggests that only the primacy of politics can be the starting point of political realism. The aim of the article is to expose a conceptual deficiency, namely, the unclear difference between the autonomy and the primacy approach in contemporary realist theory by going back to Carl Schmitt’s contribution to political realism. It will be argued that Schmitt’s concept of the political foreshadowed the ambiguities of contemporary realist theory, exemplified by key authors such as Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss and Mark Philp.

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Machiavelli and Contemporary Politics

Jan Bíba and Jakub Franěk

image. For centuries, this image associated Machiavelli with corrupt politics based on violence or with the idea of the autonomy of politics from morality (see, e.g., Croce 2019). However, it was in the first place Claude Lefort (2012) who realised

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On Machiavelli as Plebeian Theorist

Marc Stears, Jérémie Barthas, and Adam Woodhouse

. Lewis A. Coser, The Functions of Social Conflict, New York, 1956). As related to the Discourses on Livy, this motto now competes with the oft-quoted apothegm on Machiavelli's discovery of the ‘autonomy of politics’ with The Prince. Here as

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Organized criminals, human rights defenders, and oil companies

Weaponization of the RICO Act across jurisdictional borders

Lindsay Ofrias and Gordon Roecker

same time only as pawns of NGO “ringleaders” as if they are unable to think for themselves, and as if the movement did not emerge from the affected communities themselves. This both undermines the autonomy of political actors by portraying them as