The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate
February 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
- Brings together the differing perspectives of three leading philosophers, who, together, explore the major positions on the ethics of patriotism
- Connects with several burgeoning fields of interest in philosophy and politics, including nationalism, civic virtue, liberalism and republicanism, loyalty, and cosmopolitanism
- Demonstrates that it is possible to make progress on the question of the ethics of patriotism while taking an ecumenical approach to larger theoretical questions
- A timely and relevant response to the upsurge of interest in nationalism, patriotism, and secessions
Part One Three Views on the Ethics of Patriotism 17
1 The Virtue in Patriotism 19
2 The Case against Patriotism 48
3 Patriotism: A Two-Tier Account 73
Part Two Responses 105
4 Making Good on Patriotism: Response to Keller and Primoratz 107
5 Virtue for the Unpatriotic: Response to Kleinig and Primoratz 123
6 Keeping to the Middle Ground: Response to Keller and Kleinig 138
Part Three Final Words 153
7 Final Words 155
8 Final Words 163
9 Final Words 172
John Kleinig is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He is the author of, amongst others, Valuing Life (1991), The Ethics of Policing (1996), and Ethics and Criminal Justice (2008).
Simon Keller is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of The Limits of Loyalty (2007), which won the 2009 American Philosophical Association Book Prize, and Partiality (2013).
Igor Primoratz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He is the author of Banquos Geist: Hegels Theorie der Strafe (1986), Justifying Legal Punishment (1989, 1997),Ethics and Sex (1999), and Terrorism: A Philosophical Investigation (2013). He is also editor of a number of books, including Patriotism (2002) and Patriotism: Philosophical and Political Perspectives (with Aleksandar Pavkovic, 2007).