Nationalism and Beyond: Introducing Moral Debate about Values

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Central European University Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Political Science - 313 pages
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The book provides portraits of two kinds of nationalists: the tougher type, more common in everyday life, and the ultramoderate "liberal" or "thoughtful nationalist" encountered in academia. The author introduces a debate with the latter, who defends the view that states should be organized around national culture and that individuals have basic obligations to their nation. Miscevic laborates on the following questions: Why is radicalism typical of nationalism? How successful is the nation-state? Does nationalism support liberal-democratic values?
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Concept of Nation
10
PORTRAYING NATIONALISM
15
The Cosmopolitan View
25
Two Kinds of Nationalist
27
INVIDIOUS NATIONALISM
39
Mythologies
42
Why Is Radicalism Typical of Nationalism?
49
HUMAN FLOURISHING AND UNDERSTANDING OF VALUES
177
A Pluralist View of Traditions
182
Can a Tradition Be Understood from the Outside?
192
NATIONAL TRADITION AS A SCHOOL OF MORALS
201
Are There National Moralities?
203
Is Purity of Tradition a Virtue?
208
IS NATIONAL IDENTITY ESSENTIAL FOR THE IDENTITY OF PERSONS?
217
Towards a Pluralism of Identities
224

THE EVENHANDED NATIONALIST SUMMARIZING THE ARGUMENT
55
Can Nationalist Claims Be Defended?
60
THE RIGHT TO SELFDETERMINATION
71
Secession at Will
72
The Costs of Secession
76
THE RIGHT TO SELFDEFENSE
87
The Limitations of SelfDefense
90
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS THE NATIONSTATE?
99
Promises Promises
101
DOES NATIONALISM SUPPORT LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC VALUES?
109
Equality Democracy and Freedom
112
POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES TO NATIONALISM
123
NATION AND CULTURE
135
THE GENERAL VALUE OF CULTURE
155
Replying to the Nationalist
162
Why the Nationalist Should Not Appeal to Cultural Proximity
168
How Good Is the Nation at Providing Identities?
228
THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY
239
THE ANTICOSMOPOLITAN ARGUMENT
249
RECAPITULATION NATIONALISM AGAINST CULTURE
255
ULTRAMODERATE NATIONALISM
263
The Shape of the Compromise
267
Does the Compromise Work?
270
WHY NATIONALISM MIGHT BE IMMORAL
277
PLURALISTIC COSMOPOLITANISM
285
From Cultural to Political Pluralism
292
The Value of Benevolent Impartiality
294
The Value of Unconstrained Creativity
297
The Beginners Guide to the Literature
301
Bibliography
304
Index
311
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Miscevic is Professor of Philosophy, U. of Maribor, Slovinia. He is also the President of the European Society of Analytic Philosophy.

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