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The central aim of chapter 3 is to distinguish Schmitt’s genealogy of the political from Machiavelli’s conceptualization of the origin of the modern State. By reconstructing Schmitt’s various positions on Machiavelli, Galli shows that Machiavelli is neither influential for the development of Schmitt’s thought nor even a sustained object of Schmitt’s attention. Although Schmitt certainly does turn to Machiavelli to make sense of the “technics” of modern politics, does cite Machiavelli to legitimize his support of Italian Fascism, and does share with Machiavalli a certain “pessimistic” view about the place of morality in human conduct, Schmitt is thus far from being a “Machiavellian.”

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