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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We find Islamic states today—and even a Jewish state—but we do not find Christian states. The contemporary truths of the West are procedural and economic: the rule of. 1 Compare, e.g., K. Karst, “The Bonds of American Nationhood,” 21 ...
This dogged commitment to a universal community is a product of both our Christian and Enlightenment traditions. We experience this commitment simultaneously as a kind of open-ended. 10 This political antinomy had an epistemic ...
For the West, the story of colonialism was one of Christian proselytizing and the progress of civilization; it was simultaneously a project of imperial destruction.11 We can retreat in the face of these problems to our own traditions ...
This linking of will to love, and both to meaning, expresses the Christian inheritance of our political tradition. This is Christianity not as a source of religious doctrine but as a form of understanding of self and community.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God speaks the world into being. There is a difference between God's speaking and Law—Speaking Law to Power: Popular Sovereignty, Human Rights, and the New International Order,” 1 Chi.
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