Liberalism with Honor
By (author) Sharon R. Krause
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Liberalism with Honor by Sharon R. Krause
Book DescriptionWhy do men and women sometimes risk everything to defend their liberties? What motivates principled opposition to the abuse of power? In this text, Sharon Krause explores honour as a motive for risky and difficult forms of political action. She shows the sense of honour to be an important source of such action and a spring of individual agency more generally. Krause traces the genealogy of honour, 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 honour and the tensions between honour and modern democracy, but demonstrates that the sense of honour has supported political agency in the United States from the founders to democratic reformers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King, Jr. Honour continues to hold interest and importance 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 pervades both political theory and American public life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674007567
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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What does it mean to be free? The author shows that individual agency is best conceived as a non-sovereign experience because our ability to act and affect the world depends on how other people interpret and respond to what we do. It enables us to see human action, personal responsibility, and the meaning of liberty in a totally new light.
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Author Biography - Sharon R. Krause
Sharon R. Krause is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, at Brown University.
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