Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State

Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State

by Anna Stilz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691150222

ISBN-13: 9780691150222

Pub. Date: 07/25/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Many political theorists today deny that citizenship can be defended on liberal grounds alone. Cosmopolitans claim that loyalty to a particular state is incompatible with universal liberal principles, which hold that we have equal duties of justice to persons everywhere, while nationalist theorists justify civic obligations only by reaching beyond liberal

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Many political theorists today deny that citizenship can be defended on liberal grounds alone. Cosmopolitans claim that loyalty to a particular state is incompatible with universal liberal principles, which hold that we have equal duties of justice to persons everywhere, while nationalist theorists justify civic obligations only by reaching beyond liberal principles and invoking the importance of national culture. In Liberal Loyalty, Anna Stilz challenges both views by defending a distinctively liberal understanding of citizenship.

Drawing on Kant, Rousseau, and Habermas, Stilz argues that we owe civic obligations to the state if it is sufficiently just, and that constitutionally enshrined principles of justice in themselves—rather than territory, common language, or shared culture—are grounds for obedience to our particular state and for democratic solidarity with our fellow citizens. She demonstrates that specifying what freedom and equality mean among a particular people requires their democratic participation together as a group. Justice, therefore, depends on the authority of the democratic state because there is no way equal freedom can be defined or guaranteed without it. Yet, as Stilz shows, this does not mean that each of us should entertain some vague loyalty to democracy in general. Citizens are politically obligated to their own state and to each other, because within their particular democracy they define and ultimately guarantee their own civil rights.

Liberal Loyalty is a persuasive defense of citizenship on purely liberal grounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150222
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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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