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Why do men and women sometimes risk everything to defend their liberties? What motivates principled opposition to the abuse of power? In Liberalism with Honor, Sharon Krause explores honor as a motive for risky and difficult forms of political action. She shows the sense of honor to be an important source of such action and a spring of individual agency more generally.
Krause traces the genealogy of honor, including its ties to conscientious objection and civil disobedience, beginning in old-regime France and culminating in the American civil rights movement. She examines the dangers intrinsic to honor and the tensions between honor and modern democracy, but demonstrates that the sense of honor has supported political agency in the United States from the founders to democratic reformers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Honor continues to hold interest and importance today because it combines self-concern and personal ambition with principled higher purposes, and so challenges the disabling dichotomy between self-interest and self-sacrifice that currently pervades both political theory and American public life.
|Political Agency and the Need for Inspiration||8|
|2||Honor and the Defense of Liberty in the Old Regime||32|
|The Place of Honor In the Old Regime||34|
|Honor's High Ambitions||43|
|Reverence and Reflexivity||47|
|The Partiality of Honor||57|
|Recognition and Resistance||61|
|3||Honor and Democracy in America||67|
|The Conflict between Honor and Democracy||71|
|Honor and Self-Interest Well Understood||78|
|"A Little of Their Greatness"||85|
|4||The Love of Fame and the Southern Gentleman||97|
|Honor and the Love of Fame at the Founding||100|
|Slavery and the Southern Gentleman||120|
|5||Honor and Democratic Reform||132|
|Lincoln's Principled Ambition||132|
|Frederick Douglass: The Soul of Honor||144|
|Honor and Self-Sovereignty: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony||159|
|Honor in the Civil Rights Movement||168|
|6||Conclusion: Pluralism, Agency, and Varieties of Democratic Honor||181|