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By Zoltan Balazs, Francis Dunlop

Aurel Kolnai used to be born in Budapest, in 1900 and died in London, in 1973. He used to be, in line with Karl Popper and the past due Bernard Williams, essentially the most unique, provocative, and delicate philosophers of the 20th century. Kolnai's ethical philosophy is healthier defined in his personal phrases as "intrinsicalist, non-naturalist, non-reductionist," which took its unique impetus from Scheler's worth ethics, and used to be built through the use of a ordinary phenomenologist strategy. the original mix of linguistic research and phenomenology yields hugely unique principles on classical fields of ethical idea, equivalent to accountability and unfastened will, the that means of correct and fallacious, the universalisability of moral norms, the function of ethical feelings, internalism vs externalism, to say a couple of. the amount provides a variety of essays via Kolnai, together with his major political theoretical paintings, what's Politics approximately, on hand in English right here for the 1st time. the second one half the ebook Kolnai's paintings is analyzed in a sequence of essays by means of eminent students.

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It seems to us, then, that Schmitt essentially exaggerates the relationship between politics and war. This is clearly related to the striking fact that in his work politics is treated almost entirely as a matter of external relations; What Is Politics About? 23 internal relations completely vanish from sight. 15 Indeed, we may venture to suggest that this averting of the gaze from internal politics has without doubt an internal political meaning. This almost exclusive concern with external politics, this rigid holding fast to the primacy of foreign affairs, nicely corresponds to a definite view of internal politics, to the structure of power within the state!

Political activity does not mean fighting without any consideration, or even with merely external and secondary consideration, for a total order, but means, precisely, fighting about the total order. Such is the internal politics of a state; the foreign relations of states will only be truly “political” when they become the worldwide internal relations of mankind actually united, even if they include wars or “executions”. What Is Politics About? 37 4. The real content of political life, the object world of politics, consists, then, not of wild coalitions of “friend and foe” but of everything of importance for a society, especially relationships, above all power relationships, in so far as they relate to the bearers and ways of proceeding of the central power— the state power, but also municipal or other public power.

Here we must simply concede that the controversy over the sociological assessment of war is certainly supported by a total view of things not wholly lacking in value. Schmitt’s way of thinking sees war as the life of a community raised to its most intense and solemn pitch. This is the view we utterly reject. We certainly do not think that war or conflict between organised and armed powers is, under all circumstances, reprehensible and barbarous. In our view the ability of men to assert themselves by going to war, especially when their cause is just, is intimately bound up with the value and dignity of persons and communities.

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