Democracy without Nations: The Fate of Self-government in Europe - Crosscurrents (Hardback)
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Democracy without Nations: The Fate of Self-government in Europe - Crosscurrents (Hardback)

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Hardback 109 Pages / Published: 30/11/2007
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In this pithy and eloquent essay, the eminent French political philosopher Pierre Manent raises the alarm on the dangers attending the "depoliticization" of contemporary Europe-that is, the dangers of reducing the human world to the single desideratum of maximizing individual and social rights. Europeans, he suggests, increasingly wish to escape from the "national form" that welcomed and nourished democracy in the first place. In place of territorial democracy, which made possible liberty and self-government, Europeans have increasingly succumbed to a "confused idea of human unity" that effaces all the mediations between the individual and the "world." In Democracy without Nations? Manent takes powerful aim at this new, distinctively European form of "democratic governance," which neither truly represents nor governs the individuals whose rights it aims to maximize.

Manent's book has implications far beyond intra-European debates about the future of European democracy. It provides the richest available reflection on the political forms that make the exercise of self-government possible. It shows that the consent of the individual must be balanced by a broader cultivation of that "communion"-both civic and religious-which informs every authentically human community. And it provides a comparative critique of the relationship between religion and politics in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions. Manent provocatively suggests, in fact, that the liberal state and the Christian nation go hand-in-hand. The "spiritual vacuity" that characterizes today's secular Europe, he asserts, is ultimately untenable. Europeans therefore must come to terms with the Christian character of their nations if those nations-and if the moral substance of Western liberty-is to survive

Publisher: ISI Books
ISBN: 9781933859422
Number of pages: 109
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 230 x 154 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Of today's major European philosophers, Pierre Manent is the one with the profoundest understanding of democratic man." --Christopher Caldwell, "Weekly Standard"


"An excellent introduction to the work of an important thinker, whose ideas help us understand the temptations of the EU's utopian dream--and its dangers . . . A timely reminder of how much we stand to lose if we follow Europe down that road." --"City Journal"


"This perfect refutation of a tempation to hide oneself in a utopia--to no longer exist--is provided as a salutary warning to citizens as well as politicians." --"L'Express"


"Manent raises questions about the fragile bond between nationality and self-governance that we would do well to answer." --"Chronicles"


"At a time when the European Union has emancipated itself entirely from the loyalties and identities that provided its original meaning, let us hope that the Eurocrats will read Manent's study, and come to see how crazy they are." --Roger Scruton, author of "The West and the Rest"


Of today s major European philosophers, Pierre Manent is the one with the profoundest understanding of democratic man. Christopher Caldwell, "Weekly Standard""


An excellent introduction to the work of an important thinker, whose ideas help us understand the temptations of the EU s utopian dream and its dangers . . . A timely reminder of how much we stand to lose if we follow Europe down that road. "City Journal""


This perfect refutation of a tempation to hide oneself in a utopia to no longer exist is provided as a salutary warning to citizens as well as politicians. "L Express""


Manent raises questions about the fragile bond between nationality and self-governance that we would do well to answer. "Chronicles""


At a time when the European Union has emancipated itself entirely from the loyalties and identities that provided its original meaning, let us hope that the Eurocrats will read Manent s study, and come to see how crazy they are. Roger Scruton, author of "The West and the Rest""

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