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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That which we will do for love cannot always find its measure in justice. I do not mean to substitute a politics of sacrifice and love for one of reason and contract; this is not a work in advocacy. Rather, our politics already is one ...
A Theory of Justice reached a kind of “reflective equilibrium” with the broadly intuited norms of our liberal culture.18. 16 But see C. Larmore, The Morals of Modernity, chap. 7 (1996) (arguing that political liberalism must not take a ...
18 See Rawls, Theory of Justice at 48–51 (on reflective equilibrium). 19 See ibid 138 (“To say that a certain conception of justice would be chosen in the original position is equivalent to saying that rational deliberation satisfying ...
... part of a theory of rational decision” (A Theory of Justice at 16). Twenty years later, he disavows this claim, saying now that his effort PUTTING LIBERALISM IN ITS PLACE □ 17.
Contemporary liberal theorists might respond that their position is political,. later, he disavows this claim, saying now that his effort is only to provide “an account of reasonable principles of justice” (J.
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