Putting Liberalism in Its Place

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-11
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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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. Returning to the Judeo-Christian concept of love, Kahn shows us that the political community is bound together by faith, love, and identity. Arguing against much of contemporary political theory, Kahn links love and sacrifice to a rich conception of sovereignty.

Author Biography

Paul W. Kahn is the Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and Humanities at Yale Law School, where he is also director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Putting Liberalism in Its Placep. 1
Cultural Study and Liberalismp. 29
The Architecture of the Liberal Worldp. 33
A Brief Genealogy of American Liberalismp. 66
The Instabilities of Liberalismp. 113
Love and Politicsp. 143
The Faculties of the Soul: Beyond Reason and Interestp. 145
The Erotic Bodyp. 183
The Autonomy of the Political in the Modern Nation-Statep. 228
Conclusion: The Future of the Nation-Statep. 291
Indexp. 315
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