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The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate

The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate

John Kleinig, Simon Keller, Igor Primoratz

ISBN: 978-0-470-65884-0 February 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 200 Pages


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The unique approach taken within The Ethics of Patriotism brings together the differing perspectives of three leading figures in the philosophical debate who deliver an up-to-date, accessible, and vigorous presentation of the major views and arguments.
  • 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

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Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part One Three Views on the Ethics of Patriotism 17

1 The Virtue in Patriotism 19
John Kleinig

2 The Case against Patriotism 48
Simon Keller

3 Patriotism: A Two-Tier Account 73
Igor Primoratz

Part Two Responses 105

4 Making Good on Patriotism: Response to Keller and Primoratz 107
John Kleinig

5 Virtue for the Unpatriotic: Response to Kleinig and Primoratz 123
Simon Keller

6 Keeping to the Middle Ground: Response to Keller and Kleinig 138
Igor Primoratz

Part Three Final Words 153

7 Final Words 155
John Kleinig

8 Final Words 163
Simon Keller

9 Final Words 172
Igor Primoratz

Bibliography 178

Index 185

""the book provides important reading about questions of patriotism in political philosophy. As such, it will appeal to a wide range of researchers and academics in the social sciences and humanities. We all can thank Kleinig, Keller, and Primoratz for sharing their insights."" (Social Theory and Practice 2016)