Patriotism, Morality, and Peace

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1993 - Philosophy - 227 pages
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Titus starts this year with two goals. One: Prove he is capable of leading the varsity football team next year as their captain. Two: Confess his feelings to one of his best friends, Reese. By the end of the football season he has every reason to believe he accomplished his first goal. But when a promise to his other best friend and havoc turn his life upside down he isn't sure he'll ever get the chance to tell Reese how he feels. Reese Milson starts her sophomore year at Laton High School with her new boyfriend and two best friends by her side. When bad goes to worse and Reese hides from reality, it takes everything she has and the help of her best friend Titus to pull her back out of the darkness she had fallen into. Will they survive this year? Will Titus ever get his chance with Reese or will the promise he made keep them apart?
 

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Contents

The Case Against Patriotism
3
Problems for AntiPatriots
17
Sketch of a Reasonable Form of Patriotism
29
Patriotism Within the Limits of Morality
37
Is Moderate Patriotism Patriotic Enough?
51
The Basis of Loyalty
53
Are Patriotism and Universal Morality Compatible?
65
The Necessity of Choosing Sides
79
On Deciding Whether a Nation Deserves Our Loyalty
117
Patriotism Military Service and Unjust Wars
133
Should Criticism Stop When the Shooting Starts?
149
Challenges to Moderate Patriotism
163
Patriotism and Global Injustice
165
Patriotism and Nationalism
185
Popular Patriotism
199
Selected Bibliography
213

Can We Judge Our Country?
89
The Dimensions of Loyalty
105
From the Moderate Patriotic Perspective
115
Index
223
About the Author
227
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Stephen Nathanson, Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, is the author of The Ideal of Rationality, An Eye for an Eye?: The Immorality of Punishing by Death (Rowman & Littlefield), and Should We Consent to be Governed? A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy.