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A World Beyond Politics?
Author: Pierre Manent

ISBN: 9780691125121
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16 June 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
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We live in the grip of a great illusion about politics, Pierre Manent argues in "A World beyond Politics?" It's the illusion that we would be better off without politics--at least national politics, and perhaps all politics. It is a fantasy that if democratic values could somehow detach themselves from their traditional national context, we could enter a world of pure democracy, where human society would be ruled solely according to law and morality. Borders would dissolve in unconditional internationalism and nations would collapse into supranational organizations such as the European Union. Free of the limits and sins of politics, we could finally attain the true life.

In contrast to these beliefs, which are especially widespread in Europe, Manent argues that the political order is the key to the human order. Human life, in order to have force and meaning, must be concentrated in a particular political community, in which decisions are made through collective, creative debate. The best such community for democratic life, he argues, is still the nation-state.

Following the example of nineteenth-century political philosophers such as A...

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