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Carl Schmitt's Appropriation of the World

The essay elaborates on the metaphysical character of Carl Schmitt's philosophy of nomos, a peculiar aspect of his last working phase lasting from the mid 1930's to the 1970's. For Schmitt, nomos as the unity of localisation (Ortung) and order (Ordnung) is the fundamental ground of all human existence. The main argument of the essay, inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy's idea of mondialisation, claims that Schmitt's conception of spatial revolutions is an epochal scheme based on the successive appropriation of the elements: land, sea, air and fire. The scheme finally reaches its end in the appropriation of fire, which is Schmitt's contribution to the critique of technology. Submitted to technology, the world encloses within itself as the fundamental tensions governing orderly human existence cease to exist. Yet the original appropriation, i.e., the localisation of man in land, can also be understood as a divine gift suggesting a theological undertow in Schmitt's seemingly secular decisionism.

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