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10/15/2004

Polemiologists

Carl Schmitt defined himself as a "polemiologist," a word that probably became a lot more ambiguous in the translation into English. It is too good a word to not be used though, so here's my take: A "polemiologist" is a person that offers statements that structurally and formally appear to be arguments, but that are offered only for their aesthetic effect.

People that say things to look tough, religious, or resolute, or to make others look so - these people are polemiologists. Rebutting their "arguments" without addressing their aesthetic assertions gets us nowhere.

 

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