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From Latin decisio, “decision,” “judgment,” is a term coined by C. Schmitt to designate his thesis that the application of a norm can never be entirely defined by the norm itself, so that there is always a margin and need for “decision.” The term is directed critically against normative and legal positivist positions, especially against the position of Hans Kelsens. For Schmitt himself, decisionism is related to his concept of sovereignty. According to his understanding, the sovereign establis…

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Figal, Günter, “Decisionism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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