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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Rather, we have radically different understandings of the appropriate social norms and, consequently, very different expectations of politics. Europeans may be drawing together in a common political and moral order, but much of the rest ...
Liberal thought, as well as liberal politics, believes claims for sacrifice are exterior to the purposes and functions of a ... It believes that political commitments as well as political order can and should be the products of reason.
Liberal theory aims to set forth the course of reasonable deliberation that autonomous individuals should pursue in order to give institutional structure and procedural coherence to a common political life. Modern liberal theorists ...
Contemporary liberal theorists might respond that their position is political, not metaphysical, and that the liberalism of a political order hardly exhausts the set of values that individuals find compelling.23 There are two problems ...
26 On the other hand, our faith in popular sovereignty makes us broadly tolerant of a legal order that never quite meets our moral standards. While the structure of Schmitt's theory of the political offers a useful set of concepts, ...
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