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. Putting Liberalism in Its Place draws on philosophy, cultural theory, ...

Putting Liberalism in Its Place 2008, Princeton University Press

ISBN-13: 9780691136981

Trade paperback

Putting Liberalism in Its Place 2004, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691120249