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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Across a broad domain, we have tolerated difference. Toleration for some religious differences is deeply embedded in American history. Free speech, too, rests on a principle of liberal tolerance for difference.
... those who accept the conditions that limit the domain of tolerable difference. But this strategy just returns us to the very practical problem from which we started: the problem of cultural pluralism.12 Normative systems are plural ...
We live our lives within symbolic domains; we never get beyond the categories of our own imaginations, whether we are speaking of who we are or what we should do. Second, the distinction is consistently transgressed in both.
The domain of this conception of the will is history, which refers equally to a meaningful past and a significant future; it is neither the timelessness of reason, nor the present of interest. We are most familiar with this conception ...
While liberal theory would cabin faith within the domain of the private, this cannot be true of the faith that holds together the public world of politics. Religion, politics, and love all demand an understanding of the will that is ...
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