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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Those margins have moved substantially over the course of our history. Within our own community, we reach a rough compromise between the universal and the particular. Compromise is possible because the background values of the culture ...
Of course, we have had—and still have—our own hatreds. Nevertheless, that history of hatred tends to be understood within a narrative of progressive toleration, accepting the hated group into the political community or into that larger ...
For most liberal theorists, the autonomous individual always has the capacity to redefine the relationship to his or her culture.16 Of course, a liberal state need not support equally every individual's conception of the good, ...
Liberal theory aims to set forth the course of reasonable deliberation that autonomous individuals should pursue in order to give institutional structure and procedural coherence to a common political life. Modern liberal theorists ...
Of course, many liberals believe these are the right choices, because they follow from a correct understanding of the nature of the self. These beliefs, however, are always contested. A liberal political culture stands opposed to the ...
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