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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Not only our religious traditions but also our political culture pursues a practice of proselytizing. Other people never appear as permanently alien; they appear instead as the object for our efforts at conversion.
The liberal will is a kind of second-order faculty, affirming a relationship either to an object or to others that has ... On this view, the will attaches to the products of reason or the objects of desire, but has nothing of its own to ...
This is why Plato can describe love as daimon, mediating between the gods and the merely mortal.21 The world constructed by the will is miraculous; it is one in which every object can take on an infinite value. This is a world of faith, ...
I hope to plot the shape of the world of meaning that I find all around me.24 To do so, I draw on a wide variety of sources—myth, literature, history, law, and political theory. Some may object that those sources include the ...
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