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Intricacies of Patriotism

Towards a Complexity of Patriotic Allegiance

Edited By Maciej Hułas and Stanisław Fel

Intricacies of Patriotism presents a selection of concepts of patria along with their corresponding forms of patriotism. The various contributions represent different backgrounds and draw a picture of patria as a universal value that is indispensible to one’s sense of self-awareness, and the identity of groups. The different understandings of patria in this collection are examples of employing patriotism to advance the identity of the group, or the individuals within it. While eulogists of cosmopolitanism tend to portray patriotism as anachronistic and irreconcilable with the «man-of-the-world-style», the notion of patria seems to be motivated by a deep concern to preserve patriotic feelings in an undistorted fashion, and to preserve them as a value of utmost importance.

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Patriotism as a Virtue for the Ecological Age (Philip Cafaro)

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Philip Cafaro Colorado State University Fort Collins, USA Patriotism as a Virtue for the Ecological Age Define “patriotism” as love for one’s country and devotion to its well-being� This essay contends that patriotism thus defined is a virtue and that environmentalism is one of its most important manifestations� Patriotism, as devotion to particular places and people, can occur at various levels, from the local to the national� Knowing and caring about particular places and people and working to protect them is good for us and good for them and hence a good thing overall� Knowing and caring and working less on behalf of more remote places and people is also good, since it allows us to focus our efforts, act effectively and do more good in the world� Philosophical analyses of patriotism by Alasdair MacIntyre and Martha Nussbaum are complemented by the more “down to earth” understand- ing of the virtue presented here� While patriotism’s dangers are undeniable, so are the dangers stemming from lack of patriotism� The proper answer to bad patriotism is not cosmopolitanism, but good patriotism: the kind illustrated by environmental activists� Introduction I think that patriotism is a good thing� Or rather, I think that the right kind of patriotism is usually a good thing� Patriotism, like all good things, can go wrong in various ways and wind up doing more harm than good� I don’t mean to ignore pat- riotism’s dangers, and address some of them below� Meanwhile, putting my main thesis into what I...

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