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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My ambition is to expose these assumptions and show how they fail to account for central aspects of our experience of ourselves and of our relationship to the political community. The assumptions within which liberalism operates ...
I will argue that recognition of the possibility of sacrifice is at the base of our experience of the political and an adequate theory of our political beliefs must offer an explanation of sacrifice. To speak of sovereignty—in the ...
On this view, the will attaches to the products of reason or the objects of desire, but has nothing of its own to add.20 Opposed to this liberal idea of an empty will is a tradition in which the will refers to an experience that ...
This is the will as a capacity to experience an ultimate or transcendent value as an historical experience in the world. Neither reason nor interest provides access to a world that shows itself as an image and product of the divine.
To comprehend this experience, we need more than the philosopher's conception of reason, and more than the economist's conception of interest. Indeed, we will need more than the communitarian's idea of community: not just any community ...
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