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 are all too aware that such differences exist, as we interact with cultures that put different values on life and death, family and society, religion and the state, men and women. We constantly confront the question of whether some ...
... death and an agreement with hell.”26 On the other hand, our faith in popular sovereignty makes us broadly tolerant of a legal order that never quite meets our moral standards. While the structure of Schmitt's theory of the political ...
Life and death continue to hang over American political life, but they remain far out of sight in the work of contemporary political theory. They are, however, very much on view in constitutional law.
The result will not be the death of politics, but it may very well be the end of the nation-state as we have understood it for the last two hundred years. Political meanings may remain no less vital even as the geography of the ...
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