Towards a Complexity of Patriotic Allegiance
Edited By Maciej Hułas and Stanisław Fel
Is Cosmopolitan Anti-Patriotism a Virtue? (Stephen Nathanson)
Stephen Nathanson Northeastern University Boston, USA Is Cosmopolitan Anti-Patriotism a Virtue? Although critics of patriotism have convincingly argued that extreme forms of patriotism should be rejected, their arguments do not show that every form of patriotism is morally unacceptable� In Patriotism, Morality and Peace, I defended a political attitude that I call moderate patriotism1� My view is that moderate pat- riotism is not damaged by standard criticisms of patriotism� Although moderate patriotism is not morally obligatory, it differs from extreme patriotism in that it is both morally permissible and worthy of support� In this paper, I re-defend moderate patriotism� Since many critics of patriotism have cosmopolitanism sympathies, I ask whether cosmopolitan anti-patriotism is a virtue as a reminder that the need for justification and defense does not fall on patriotism alone� If cosmopolitan anti-patriotism is to be a virtue, it must be the case 1) that patriotism is so bad that opposing it is virtuous and 2) that cosmopoli- tanism is so valuable that supporting it is virtuous� If only the first condition is met, then it may be that neither patriotism nor cosmopolitanism is a virtue� If only the second is met, then perhaps both patriotism and cosmopolitanism can be virtues� I defend the second possibility by arguing that there are different versions of both patriotism and cosmopolitanism, that some versions of each are morally un- acceptable, and that some versions of each can virtues� Finally, I will argue that, in spite of their differences, moderate patriotism and cosmopolitanism...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.