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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... in these cases, is uncertain where to draw the line between uniformity and toleration. Even when it costs little, the toleration of such group difference is always precarious. A shift of perspective from the adults to the ...
From the latter perspective, Western universalism may appear as yet another form of cultural imperialism. For the West, the story of colonialism was one of Christian proselytizing and the progress of civilization; it was simultaneously ...
Charles Taylor usefully labels this distinction as advocacy versus ontology.14 Taylor notes that to criticize liberalism's understanding of the nature of the subject (the ontological perspective) does not commit one to a similar ...
Unless individuals can take up the perspective of reason, which means temporarily to bracket one's own immediate interests as a source of direction for the will, there will be only competition and chaos. To bracket interest and pursue ...
Each shapes the other; each sets the conditions for the possibility of the other.28 From the perspective of the legal scholar, much of political theory has about it a disturbing abstractness. The close connection between liberalism and ...
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