notes
Editor’s Introduction. Carl Schmitt: An Improper Name
I would like to thank Alek Gorzewski and Laura Merchant for their insightful
comments on and criticisms of an earlier draft of this introduction. Portions of
this introduction originally appeared in my introduction to Carlo Galli’s Political
Spaces and Global War, Trans. Elisabeth Fay (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota
Press, 2010).
1. Karl Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor
Carl Schmitt,” November 14, 1945, Karl Loewenstein Papers, box 46, folder 46,
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst, Massachusetts.
2. Karl Loewenstein, “Library of Professor Carl Schmitt,” October 10, 1945,
Loewenstein Papers, box 46, folder 46, Amherst College Archives and Special Col-
lections. Schmitt’s library would be returned to him in 1963.
3. Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor Carl
Schmitt,” 1.
4. Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor Carl
Schmitt,” 2.
5. Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor Carl
Schmitt,” 2–3. A month earlier, Loewenstein put the case more forcefully. “In the
opinion of this writer Schmitt qualifies as a war criminal. He is one of the intellec-
tual instigators of Hitlers [sic] acts of aggression and aided and abetted them by his
influential authorship. I hardly know of any individual person who has contributed
more for the defense of the Nazi regime than Carl Schmitt. I suggest that the case
be submitted to the War Criminals Commission for further action” (Loewenstein,
“Library of Professor Carl Schmitt”).
6. Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor Carl
Schmitt,” 4.
7. Loewenstein, “Observations on the Personality and Work of Professor Carl
Schmitt,” 4.
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