Wojciech Borowy

Published: 2023 | DOI: 10.58183/pjps.04042023


This article aims to illustrate Schmitt’s theories as extensions of Niccolò Machiavelli’s political concepts to sustain order within the state. The author aims to explicate the complex nature of Carl Schmitt’s concepts as a continuation of Machiavelli’s thoughts, aimed at upholding the idea of state authority. In the text, the author tries to show that the proper context for reading Schmitt is the decaying form of the state established in the seventeenth century, whose form, as a continuation of Catholic theology, Carl Schmitt fiercely defends against the liberal hegemony. Schmitt’s ideological and political choices suggest that he consciously aligns with the intellectual themes that Machiavelli navigated, while at the same time Schmitt struggled against the effects of the secularization of politics, a process of which Machiavelli was a precursor.

How to cite

Borowy W., Carl Schmitt, an Epigone of Machiavellianism?, „Polish Journal of Political Science”, 2023, Vol. 9, Issue 4, pp. 64–78, DOI: 10.58183/pjps.04042023.