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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For us, that point is the problem of cultural pluralism. Lacking a conviction in the absolute truth of our own beliefs and practices, we are uncertain how to respond to those who live by different norms. We are all too aware that such ...
Theoretical approaches to the problems of cultural pluralism reflect a similar conceptual aporia between universalism and tolerance as competing first principles. We can articulate a set of universal values and supporting norms, ...
Multiculturalism would not pose a problem if the plurality of values could simply be aggregated—like adding another wing to a museum. The problem of cultural difference is not like that of difference among cuisines, in which each ...
Difference, for them, may not be understood as a problem to be overcome, but as a border establishing identity. ... it was simultaneously a project of imperial destruction.11 We can retreat in the face of these problems to our own ...
Cultural pluralism is not a problem to be solved, as if we could finally articulate the right set of universal values or ... problem today because it presses against some of the most basic assumptions of our own broadly liberal culture.
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