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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Moral relativism, however, offers no more support for tolerance than for intolerance. From the fact of difference, nothing follows about whether to accept it or reject it. There may be no common ground upon which to justify condemnation ...
Yet the distinction is not without problems and offers only a rough approximation of the scope of the inquiry. First, the terms suggest a kind of priority for the ontological, as if here we deal with the real or essential, ...
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 ...
The reason at the center of liberalism rapidly becomes a demand that one's actions and one's demands be reasonable.22 Reasonable means moderate and reciprocal: one must offer fair terms of cooperation to others,.
reciprocal: one must offer fair terms of cooperation to others, which requires a willingness to abide by a common set of standards. A will in thrall to the infinite is not easily bound by the reasonable. Neither religious belief nor ...
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