Putting Liberalism in Its Place
Princeton University Press, 2009 M01 10 - 336 páginas
In this wide-ranging interdisciplinary work, Paul W. Kahn argues that political order is founded not on contract but on sacrifice. Because liberalism is blind to sacrifice, it is unable to explain how the modern state has brought us to both the rule of law and the edge of nuclear annihilation. We can understand this modern condition only by recognizing that any political community, even a liberal one, is bound together by faith, love, and identity.
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A Brief Genealogy of American Liberalism 66 3. The Instabilities of Liberalism 113 PART II: LOVE AND POLITICS 143 4. The Faculties of the Soul: Beyond Reason and Interest 145 5. The Erotic Body 183 6. The Autonomy of the Political in ...
Michael Ignatieff, of the Kennedy Center, also provided very useful comments when I presented part of the work in his project on American Exceptionalism. I have benefited greatly from the graduate student seminar I conduct at Yale.
Toleration for some religious differences is deeply embedded in American history. Free speech, too, rests on a principle of liberal tolerance for difference. Intolerance appears at the margins of a field of tolerance.
Part I of my inquiry exposes the structure of these oppositions, explains why they arise, and the particular content they assume in modern American political culture. Part II investigates what the debate framed by these oppositions ...
But we will never understand the character of the American rule of law without first understanding the way in which it is embedded in a conception of popular sovereignty. More importantly, we will not understand the way in which the ...
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