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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FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY: Debating the Limits of Patriotism

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Nationalism or internationalism? That is the question debated in this provocative collection of essays by some of today's most subtle minds. In a 1994 Boston Review essay, ``Patriotism and ... Read full review

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Cosmopolitan Emotions?
Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism
Cosmopolitan Patriots
Constitutional Faith
From Part to Whole
Universality in Culture
Revisioning Cosmopolitanism
Limits of Loyalty
Dont Neglect the Little Platoons
Eros against Esperanto
Must We Choose between Patriotism and Universal Reason?
The Difficulty of Imagining Other People
Humanity and Citizenship
Why Democracy Needs Patriotism
Neither Patriotism Nor Cosmopolitanism
Spheres of Affection

Democratic Citizenship
The Illusions of Cosmopolitanism

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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.