Patriotism, Morality, And Peace

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Is patriotism a worthy ideal, one that we ought to promote and support? Or is it a dangerous and destructive notion that leads to war and hostility? Patriotism, Morality, and Peace provides the first sustained philosophical treatment of these questions, distinguishes different forms of patriotism, and shows why some forms are indeed dangerous, while others can be valuable and constructive.

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Concerned Philosophers For Peace Newsletter
It is rare that a philosopher addresses a topic that is at once of vital interest to non-philosophers and philosophers alike....I highly recommend using this text.
Jean Bethke Elshtain
A refreshingly concise and accessible discussion of a cluster of vital and controversial questions, free from cant and special pleading.
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Meet the Author

Stephen Nathanson, Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, is the author of The Ideal of Rationality, An Eye for an Eye?: The Immorality of Punishing by Death (Rowman & Littlefield), and Should We Consent to be Governed? A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Anti-Patriotism: Pro and Con
1 The Case Against Patriotism 3
2 Problems for Anti-Patriots 17
3 Sketch of a Reasonable Form of Patriotism 29
4 Patriotism Within the Limits of Morality 37
Pt. II Is Moderate Patriotism Patriotic Enough?
5 The Basis of Loyalty 53
6 Are Patriotism and Universal Morality Compatible? 65
7 The Necessity of Choosing Sides 79
8 Can We Judge Our Country? 89
9 The Dimensions of Loyalty 105
Pt. III From the Moderate Patriotic Perspective
10 On Deciding Whether a Nation Deserves Our Loyalty 117
11 Patriotism, Military Service, and Unjust Wars 133
12 Should Criticism Stop When the Shooting Starts? 149
Pt. IV Challenges to Moderate Patriotism
13 Patriotism and Global Injustice 165
14 Patriotism and Nationalism 185
15 Popular Patriotism 199
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 223
About the Author 227
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