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Patrick J. Deneen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300223446

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300223446.001.0001

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Liberalism as Anticulture

Liberalism as Anticulture

(p.64) Chapter Three Liberalism as Anticulture
Why Liberalism Failed

Patrick J. Deneen

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which liberalism replaces actual culture with an encompassing anticulture. The dual expansion of the state and personal autonomy is largely contingent upon the weakening and eventual loss of particular cultures, and their replacement by a pervasive and encompassing anticulture, rather than by a single liberal culture. The chapter considers three pillars of human experience that form the basis of culture and on which liberal anticulture rests: the wholesale conquest of nature; a new experience of time as a pastless present in which the future is a foreign land; and an order that renders place fungible and bereft of definitional meaning. It suggests that liberalism's success is premised upon the uprooting and replacement of these three pillars with facsimiles that bear the same names.

Keywords:   liberalism, culture, anticulture, human experience, nature, time, place

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