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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(“Difficult as it is to find postmedieval philosophers who do not regularly employ the term will and its cognates in discussing human action, officially or programmatically many of them treat it as no more than a name for other ...
The reason at the center of liberalism rapidly becomes a demand that one's actions and one's demands be reasonable.22 Reasonable means moderate and reciprocal: one must offer fair terms of cooperation to others,.
Conversely, all law must show. of Schmitt is more radical. Politics, I argue in chap. 6, is not just speech, but the action that succeeds speech. 26 See William Lloyd Garrison, Resolution adopted by the Antislavery Society, Jan.
Without that, what purports to be law is only “action under the color of law”; it is unconstitutional. More than theory is at stake here, for if we allow liberalism to block our view of this political experience of popular sovereignty, ...
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