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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The contemporary truths of the West are procedural and economic: the rule of. 1 Compare, e.g., K. Karst, “The Bonds of American Nationhood,” 21 Cardozo L. Rev. 1141 (2000), with S. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking ...
of the West are procedural and economic: the rule of law, democracy, and free markets. We wonder whether any of these constitutes adequate grounds for rejecting the moral truths of others. We appeal to the idea of human rights—“It is ...
Our contemporary missionaries preach democracy, free markets, and the rule of law—all institutions founded on our belief in the equality and liberty of every person. This dogged commitment to a universal community is a product of both ...
... a demand for representative government limited by a doctrine of individual rights embodied in a rule of law administered by courts, and a general sense of the need for well-regulated markets to satisfy material wants.
Liberal theorists tend to take the political community as given and set out to construct the rules that should operate within that community. Rather than look to the origins of the particular community, they are more likely to look to ...
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