Liberal Loyalty Freedom, Obligation, and the State

ISBN-10: 0691150222
ISBN-13: 9780691150222
Edition: 2011
Authors: Anna Stilz
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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. InLiberal 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 Loyaltyis a persuasive defense of citizenship on purely liberal grounds.

Anna Stilz is assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

Preface
Equal Freedom and the State
Introduction
Authority
Democracy
Political Obligation and Justice
Solidarity and Allegiance
Freedom and Culture in Rousseau
Nationalism or Patriotism?
Democracy as Collective Action
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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