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 constantly confront the question of whether some of the practices supported by these values are beyond the limits of our own commitment to a liberal moral philosophy and a political practice of tolerance.
... a project of imperial destruction.11 We can retreat in the face of these problems to our own traditions and the limits of our own community. ... that is, those who accept the conditions that limit the domain of tolerable difference.
... organizes and limits the exercise of state power, and provides the conditions for market transactions. Issues of advocacy concern the content and character of the norms given expression and life in the rule of law.
THE LIMITS OF THE LIBERAL SELF While there is no single theory of liberalism, theories in the tradition share a core set of assumptions about the individual, the role of the polity, and the manner of constructing rules for both.
... or her culture.16 Of course, a liberal state need not support equally every individual's conception of the good, and liberal theorists disagree on the appropriate limits of state recognition and support of these diverse conceptions.
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