For Love of Country?: A New Democracy Forum on the Limits of Patriotism

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After the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, American flags appeared everywhere. Is patriotism a good response at a time of national crisis? What does it mean for us to think of ourselves as a nation first?

With our connections to the world growing stronger and more vital than ever, Martha C. Nussbaum argues that we should distrust conventional patriotism as parochial and instead see ourselves first of all as "citizens of the world." Sixteen prominent ...

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Overview

After the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, American flags appeared everywhere. Is patriotism a good response at a time of national crisis? What does it mean for us to think of ourselves as a nation first?

With our connections to the world growing stronger and more vital than ever, Martha C. Nussbaum argues that we should distrust conventional patriotism as parochial and instead see ourselves first of all as "citizens of the world." Sixteen prominent writers and thinkers respond, including Benjamin R. Barber, Sissela Bok, Nathan Glazer, Robert Pinsky, Elaine Scarry, Amartya Sen, and Michael Walzer.

NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM
A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues-both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

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Rarely does one come across a forum where all the facets of an important idea are so thoroughly debated. This is the give-and-take of intellectual debate at its finest. —Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807043295
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 6/6/2002
  • Series: New Democracy Forum
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 880,210
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction
Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism 3
Cosmopolitan Patriots 21
Constitutional Faith 30
From Part to Whole 38
University in Culture 45
Revisioning Cosmopolitanism 53
Limits of Loyalty 61
Democratic Citizenship 66
The Illusions of Cosmopolitanism 72
Don't Neglect the Little Platoons 78
Eros Against Esperanto 85
Must we Choose Between Patriotism and Universal Reason? 91
The Difficulty of Imaging Other People 98
Humanity and Citizenship 111
Why Democracy Needs Patriotism 119
Neither Patriotism Nor Cosmopolitanism 122
Spheres of Affection 125
Reply 131
Notes 145
Contributors 153
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Would America be able to make such a change?

    I am a lucky reader for I was able to meet Ms. Nussbaum. This book will challege how you think. It will cause to to question our school system. Expand your feelings for your neighbor.

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