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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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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 patriotism 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.

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