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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This is the approach of those who perceive in human rights discourse a neocolonial, Western enterprise.8 Each approach, when released from the practical compromises of an ongoing enterprise, can push to an extreme.
The liberal discourse of law easily becomes a universal discourse, that is, the rule of law is not bound to a particular political space. Political sovereignty, on the other hand, is always bound to a particular community temporally and ...
All three are particularly concerned with the role of reason as public discourse in the liberal polity. Liberal theory aims to set forth the course of reasonable deliberation that autonomous individuals should pursue in order to give ...
This is not a work for the faint-hearted liberal who lacks the ability to push him or herself beyond the polite boundaries of rational discourse, on the one hand, and the individualism of interest on the other.
These critical elements of the liberal project are shown to fail: the discourse of reason becomes a discourse of the body; the political always seems to bridge the private and the public. The conceptual apparatus of liberalism is ...
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