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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At times, certain values or norms become so important that they shift from the domain of choice to that of constitutional law; that is, they are taken. 3 See M. Ignatieff, Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry 54–55 (2001).
A tolerance based on respect for choice easily becomes a. 4 See Wisconsin v. Yoder 406 U.S. 205 (1972); Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963). 5 See Employment Division, Dept. of Human Resources v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990) (refusing ...
A tolerance based on respect for choice easily becomes a reverse image of itself: intolerance for the actual choices made. Theoretical approaches to the problems of cultural pluralism reflect a similar conceptual aporia between ...
War and peace were matters of sovereign choice. The move from recognition of difference to intervention was not a large move at all.10 Neither the universal nor the particular seems firm ground from which theory can direct practice.
The opponents of liberalism, on the other hand, privilege context over choice—that is, the already formed self over a critical capacity for reform. One way to expose this architectural structure is to turn briefly to the debate between ...
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