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Focusing on Schmitt’s writings on international law, chapter 5 poses the question of whether Schmitt’s analyses of the partisan and of the Cold War are sufficient for grasping the dynamics of an emergent “global age” constituted primarily by “terrorism” and its suppression. After a detailed reconstruction of Schmitt’s work on international law, and an outline of the contemporary phenomenon that Galli calls “global war,” Galli answers this question in the negative: the global age is that epoch in which Schmitt’s concepts have lost their grasp on the crises in relation to which they emerged and in the absence of which they lack substance and intelligibility. The global age is, in short, that epoch defined by the complete and irreversible “inactuality” of Schmittian thought.

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