Mathias Risse, “An Ongoing Challenge: Global Political Philosophy and Carl Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy Distinction” (October 15, 2015)

Mathias Risse, Harvard University
An Ongoing Challenge: Global Political Philosophy and Carl Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy Distinction
Thursday October 15 @ 4:45pm, Room 9205

An Ongoing Challenge: Global Political Philosophy and Carl Schmitt’s Friend-Enemy Distinction
This study explores similarities and differences between Carl Schmitt’s thought on global order and my approach to global justice (developed most extensively in my 2012 book On Global Justice). Central to this effort is Schmitt’s infamous friend-enemy distinction. Schmitt is not commonly treated as a contributor to the current global justice debate, and the Weimar-Republic outlook behind some of his influential writings does not come easily to us nowadays.  But in spite of its empirical limitations and appalling normative consequences this distinction continues to do important work and raises significant questions, for my  own work on global justice no less than elsewhere.