Patriotism, Morality, and Peace

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1993 - Philosophy - 227 pages
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Is patriotism a worthy ideal, one that we ought to promote and support? Or is it a dangerous and destructive notion that leads to war and hostility? Patriotism, Morality, and Peace provides the first sustained philosophical treatment of these questions, distinguishes different forms of patriotism, and shows why some forms are indeed dangerous, while others can be valuable and constructive.
 

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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.

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