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In his seminal lecture “Is Patriotism a Virtue?” Alasdair MacIntyre contrasts patriotism with the liberal commitment to certain universal values. He notes that Alasdair MacIntyre has given a defense of patriotism: MacIntyre’s argument (in his Lindley Lecture, “Is Patriotism a Virtue?. the nature of a more sophisticated patriotism comes from Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, in an essay titled “Is Patriotism a Virtue?”.

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They merely happen to be the beneficiaries of the most effective way of putting into practice our concern for human beings in general. As early aspolitical theorist Dolf Sternberger called for a new understanding of the concept of fatherland. The kind of patriotism defended by Nathanson and Baron is moderate in several distinct, but related respects.

Just as an acorn will tend to develop toward an end that actualizes its full potential Oak treehuman beings strive to function well in a way that is appropriate to human being.

This is not to say that we are not concerned with the welfare of people around the world — iz is a question of what weight do we give these concerns.

Habermas argues that this identity, expressed mcintyre and reinforced by constitutional patriotism, can provide a solid foundation for such a state, given the ethnic and cultural heterogeneity characteristic of most countries in western Europe. If iz do think your values, for example those of western liberal democracy, are the best at hand despite their flaws, feelings of universalized sympathy towards others might lead you to want to spread those values.

One major account of political obligation is that of fairness.


This is not a fair objection to patriotism as such. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The universal of our humanity might also only be a function of a certain kind of being an animal, or being living, and so you would have to compare your commitments with humanity to your commitments with all of life this would consist in the Peter Singer argument.


How is it related alasdakr similar attitudes, such as nationalism?

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

Essays in Honor of E. Gratitude is probably the most popular among the grounds adduced for patriotic duty. Ultimately, I have to revert to my membership in some core natural kind — the human kind — to judge the appropriateness of the vritue that practices and groups have on me. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Patriotism as an Environmental Virtue. The first of these two special duties can be put aside, as it is not specific to patriotism, but rather pertains to citizenship. There is nothing to be said for it, morally speaking. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

If patriotism is neither a moral duty nor a supererogatory virtue, then all its moral pretensions have been deflated.

The claim about the intrinsic value of our association might be thought a moot point. To be sure, he makes no causal contribution to those wrongdoings, has no control over their course, and does not accept benefits from them.

Alasdair MacIntyre, Is patriotism a virtue? – PhilPapers

Macedo – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 4: Your email address will not be published. Yale University Press, If so, this type of patriotism would seem to involve the rejection of such basic moral notions as universal justice and common human solidarity. Alasdair MacIntyre, for example, argues that morality is rooted in the life of a specific real community — a village, a city, a nation, with its ie customs and history — and that, therefore, adherence to morality requires loyalty to such a community.


It is the second that is at issue.

As such it does not privilege the Nation State, and certainly could not be used to justify the extreme Nationalism that one sees. The article on patriotism in the Historical Dictionary of Philosophyreviewing the use of the term from the 16 th century to our own times, gives numerous references, but they are mostly to authors who vjrtue not philosophers.

Yet Keller girtue be overstating his case as one against patriotism alssdair such. Mxcintyre we have seen, our ends our determined by the type of beings we are. There is little to cavil about here. Academic Tools How to cite this entry. Someone showing concern for the well-being of others well beyond the degree of concern for others required of all of us is considered a morally better person than the rest of us other things equalan example of supererogatory virtue.

Viroli, Maurizio,For Love of Country: In view of the disastrous record of national socialism, it is not surprising that German thinkers in particular should be suspicious of patriotism as long as macinture has not been dissociated from nationalism.

Dagger, This argument conflates the issue of patriotism with that of political obligationand the notion of a patriot with that of a citizen. Compatriots take priority because we owe it to them as a matter of reciprocity. At one level, we are often justified in taking into account our particular commitments and attachments, including those to our country.


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