For Love of Country?

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Beacon Press, 1996 - Political Science - 155 pages
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For Love of Country is a rare forum: a real conversation among some of our most prominent intellectuals about an issue of urgent public importance. At the center of this lively and utterly readable debate book is Martha Nussbaumi's passionate argument against patriotism. At a time when our connections and obligations to the rest of the world grow only stronger, we should reject patriotism as a parochial ideal, she says, and instead see ourselves first of all as "citizens of the world."

Fifteen writers and thinkers respond to Nussbaum's piece in short, hard-hitting, often brilliant essays, acknowledging the power of her argument, but often defending patriotisms and other local commitments with an eloquence equal to Nussbaum's. We hear from an astonishing range of writers from Robert Pinsky to Cornel West to Gertrude Himmelfarb to Sissela Bok.

This is contemporary American philosophy at its most relevant and readable. At a time when debates about crises in Bosnia or Somalia are dominated by politicians and military leaders, here are the voices of philosophers and poets, literary scholars and historians. A book of surprising insights and diversity, For Love of Country is especially written for a wide audience and is sure to spark debate.

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Review: For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism

User Review  - Xiaomin Zu - Goodreads

Again, I only read the chapter required by my professor. From this snippits of info I can tell that Nussbaum is an extreme idealist, just like Tagore. The cosmopolitan university established by Tagore ... Read full review

Review: For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism

User Review  - Al - Goodreads

This is a thought-provoking attempt to defend cosmopolitanism by Nussbaum together with critical responses by luminaries such as H. Putnam, E. Scarry K. Appiah and A. Sen. Read full review

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Contents

Cosmopolitan Emotions?
ix
Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
3
Cosmopolitan Patriots
21
Constitutional Faith
30
From Part to Whole
38
Universality in Culture
45
Revisioning Cosmopolitanism
53
Limits of Loyalty
61
Dont Neglect the Little Platoons
78
Eros against Esperanto
85
Must We Choose between Patriotism and Universal Reason?
91
The Difficulty of Imagining Other People
98
Humanity and Citizenship
111
Why Democracy Needs Patriotism
119
Neither Patriotism Nor Cosmopolitanism
122
Spheres of Affection
125

Democratic Citizenship
66
The Illusions of Cosmopolitanism
72
Reply
131
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About the author (1996)

Martha C. Nussbaum is professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and author of several books, including Love's Knowledge and Poetic Justice.