Our e-newsletter, Vision, just went out on Friday!
The latest issue features a profile of Schmitt in the 1960s, “Carl Schmitt–Modernist,” as well as a fascinating account of the Schmitt’s meeting with the world-famous (and quirky) philosopher George Santayana in Rome on the eve of World War II.
As always, Vision offers wisdom from Carl Schmitt’s unpublished writings, and features images and other material from the archives not seen anywhere else. If you enjoy following Carl Schmitt on this blog, I’m confident you’ll relish each issue of Vision.
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“We hear often enough of the pagan vices (Rome always seems to have fallen) but it is time to recognize the important place which history gives to the pagan virtues.
“The era of Augustus with its grandeur and peace could never have occurred without magnificent virtue, and it is only on such magnificent natural virtue that the supernatural virtues of Christianity can be placed, if they are to survive (short of miracle).
For the supernatural religion cannot exist by itself; it cannot float in mid-air. It must be superimposed upon a foundation of balanced and vigorous natural religion.” (1943)
Lady Chapel, Paulist Church (New York City), etching, 1915 (printed 1921), 8 x 6¼ in.
“The teaching, well-nigh universal today, that the Romans were a non-creative war-like people who did nothing culturally but pass on the culture of the Orient and Greece is utterly false. Quite the opposite in fact is true. The Romans were the most creative people in history and moreover were creative in that one field which is the most fundamental: that is in Form. Not until Rome formed them had the world ever heard of the Fine Arts. . . . The Art, the Fine Art of Architecture did not appear until the creative genius of Rome brought it into being. The poetry of interior space with shadow had to be revealed in the Pantheon the baths and the basilicas of Rome before the paradox of the Fine Arts was proclaimed.”
Palace of Septimius Severus, Rome, pastel and wash on paper, 14 x 17 in., dated May 16, 1935.
Nursing the Baby, pen and ink on paper
“The great weakness of us Americans as a people consists in the fact that we cannot quite accept maturity, old age, death, or, for that matter, birth, babyhood. They are not in our imaginative picture of life. We try to live apart from birth, old age, death. We die from ‘perpetual youth.’” (1939)
Palace of Septimius Severus, watercolor on paper, 18 x 15 in.
“There must be a center.
“A center in time-space values.
“A center in Eternal values.
“A philosophic center.
“A geographic center.
“And a religious center.
“Rome is the religious center.
“It is a geographic center.
“And a philosophic center.”