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 this reason, the same classical system of international law that made state sovereignty a fundamental norm. 8 See, e.g., Bangkok Declaration, adopted at the World Human Rights Conference Regional Preparatory Meeting (1993); M. Mutua ...
15 This conception of the relationship of sovereignty to law 10 □ INTRODUCTION.
Political sovereignty, on the other hand, is always bound to a particular community temporally and geographically. Claims of sovereignty reflect a community's understanding of itself as embodying a distinct set of meanings that are ...
Contemporary liberal thought—particularly in the form of the human rights movement—has challenged both of these ontological claims: law is to be freed from sovereignty. But we will never understand the character of the American rule of ...
If the idea of popular sovereignty arises at all, it tends to be equated with majority rule. That conception, however, is hardly adequate to the transhistorical idea of a people creating and maintaining itself.
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