Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State

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"This is a clearly written, well-argued, and exceptionally sane book. Stilz rescues concepts like loyalty and obligation from the hands of academic nationalists, and reclaims them for use by cosmopolitans and liberal universalists. In this, she has done a great service to the fields of political philosophy and political theory. Her work provides valuable insights into democratic theory, global justice, and the moral foundations of the liberal project itself."—Michael Blake, University of Washington

"Stilz offers a provocative and original answer to some very old questions about political obligation. Her great contribution is to provide a new conception of solidarity—a missing value in most liberal conceptions—basing it on an individualist theory of collective intentions."—John Ferejohn, Stanford University

"Are there good liberal grounds to respect the authority of the state? Can the political fact of citizenship alone serve as the basis of solidarity in a democracy? Stilz brilliantly shows that these two questions need to be asked together, and her answers are distinctive, imaginative, and forcefully defended. Liberal Loyalty is a compelling read, and a book to be reckoned with."—Patchen Markell, University of Chicago

"Stilz has a fresh approach to a central problem in contemporary political thought. She writes with clarity and confidence, and provides an original defense of the idea of constitutional patriotism in combination with a strong critique of liberal nationalism."—Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University

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Are liberals left with either a repugnant cultural nationalism or a floating cosmopolitanism, or can they create a coherent liberal account that grounds citizens' loyalty to a particular state? Stilz forcefully argues that they can. After skillfully exposing problems with both cosmopolitan and nationalist liberalisms and effectively refuting liberal-leaning anarchists, Stilz turns to Kant, Rousseau, and Habermas for inspiration, arguing that liberals must conceptualize loyalty as a political duty to support institutions that promote liberal freedoms.
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Are liberals left with either a repugnant cultural nationalism or a floating cosmopolitanism, or can they create a coherent liberal account that grounds citizens' loyalty to a particular state? Stilz forcefully argues that they can. After skillfully exposing problems with both cosmopolitan and nationalist liberalisms and effectively refuting liberal-leaning anarchists, Stilz turns to Kant, Rousseau, and Habermas for inspiration, arguing that liberals must conceptualize loyalty as a political duty to support institutions that promote liberal freedoms.
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Stilz has articulated with great clarity and consistency an alternative to both consent-theories of political obligation and to their nationalist counterparts. That alternative will find many supporters, and deserves to be taken very seriously even by its critics.
— Lea Ypi
American Review of Politics
One of the values of Stilz's work is her attempt to reclaim particular terms and categories from contemporary political and philosophical discourse. . . . The end of her work, the articulation of a rationally arrived-at duty of justice leading us to be loyal to democratic institutions and processes, is a worthwhile and ongoing project.
— John Randolph LeBlanc
Perspectives on Politics
Anna Stilz's book [is] a thoughtful, compelling meditation on liberal citizenship.
— Steven Johnston
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews - Lea Ypi
Stilz has articulated with great clarity and consistency an alternative to both consent-theories of political obligation and to their nationalist counterparts. That alternative will find many supporters, and deserves to be taken very seriously even by its critics.
American Review of Politics - John Randolph LeBlanc
One of the values of Stilz's work is her attempt to reclaim particular terms and categories from contemporary political and philosophical discourse. . . . The end of her work, the articulation of a rationally arrived-at duty of justice leading us to be loyal to democratic institutions and processes, is a worthwhile and ongoing project.
Perspectives on Politics - Steven Johnston
Anna Stilz's book [is] a thoughtful, compelling meditation on liberal citizenship.
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"Are liberals left with either a repugnant cultural nationalism or a floating cosmopolitanism, or can they create a coherent liberal account that grounds citizens' loyalty to a particular state? Stilz forcefully argues that they can. After skillfully exposing problems with both cosmopolitan and nationalist liberalisms and effectively refuting liberal-leaning anarchists, Stilz turns to Kant, Rousseau, and Habermas for inspiration, arguing that liberals must conceptualize loyalty as a political duty to support institutions that promote liberal freedoms."—Choice

"Stilz has articulated with great clarity and consistency an alternative to both consent-theories of political obligation and to their nationalist counterparts. That alternative will find many supporters, and deserves to be taken very seriously even by its critics."—Lea Ypi, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"One of the values of Stilz's work is her attempt to reclaim particular terms and categories from contemporary political and philosophical discourse. . . . The end of her work, the articulation of a rationally arrived-at duty of justice leading us to be loyal to democratic institutions and processes, is a worthwhile and ongoing project."—John Randolph LeBlanc, American Review of Politics

"Anna Stilz's book [is] a thoughtful, compelling meditation on liberal citizenship."—Steven Johnston, Perspectives on Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691139142
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Stilz is assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART ONE: Equal Freedom and the State
Chapter 1: Introduction 3
Chapter 2: Authority 27
Chapter 3: Democracy 57
Chapter 4: Political Obligation and Justice 85
PART TWO: Solidarity and Allegiance
Chapter 5: Freedom and Culture in Rousseau 113
Chapter 6: Nationalism or Patriotism? 137
Chapter 7: Democracy as Collective Action 173
Chapter 8: Conclusion 209
Bibliography 213
Index 221

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