Concepts, Debates, Identities
Chapter 2: Theoretical, Historical and Political Contextualization of Debates About Patriotism in Poland
Chapter 2 Theoretical, Historical and Political Contextualization of Debates About Patriotism in Poland The analysis of the debates about the meaning of the concept of patriotism is neither normative, nor does it focus solely on historical or theoretical narratives of outstanding individual thinkers, or on the canon of political theory. Rather, it studies the ubiquity of political thought understood as ‘an elected form of discourse through which a society asks itself philosophical questions about politics,’1 and the variety of conceptual and intellectual arguments deployed within its realm. Prominence is given both to con- cepts and arguments through which they acquire meaning in specific texts, and to individuals (broadly understood as intelligentsia, intellectuals, or symbolical elites) who create, discuss, write about, and influence ideas (or meanings),2 over time, in various contexts. The analysis pays attention to the fact that concepts ‘constitute tools and weapons of ideological debate,’3 by putting them in their political and argumentative context. Such a study cannot be detached from a given 1 Dario Castiglione, Iain Hampsher-Monk, ‘The history of political thought and the national discourses of politics,’ in The History of Political Thought in National Context, ed. Dario Castiglione and Iain Hampsher-Monk (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 7. 2 John E. Toews, ‘Intellectual history after the linguistic turn: the autonomy of mean- ing and the irreducibility of experience,’ American Historical Review 92, no. 4 (1987), 880–907. 3 Quentin Skinner, Visions of politics: regarding method (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002), 176. 26...
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