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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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Constitutional Patriotism and the Scottish Referendum.


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Vito Breda

The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Constitutional Patriotism and the Scottish Referendum

Since its first appearance just over a decade ago, Habermas’s constitutional patriotism has inspired a rich and articulate series of theoretical analyses and has indirectly encouraged constitutional projects such as the Constitution for Europe. The popularity of constitutional patriotism among political and constitutional theorists has, however, also generated some confusion over the aims and basic structure of Habermas’s endeavour. For instance, it is unclear whether constitutional patriotism ought to be considered a constitutional or political theory. This paper seeks to clarify some of the misunderstandings surrounding constitutional patriotism. It will contend that the theory is, at its core, a political theory that explains the implications of having a democratically open constitutional polity. It also provides a better understanding of the processes, such as the 2014 Scottish referendum over independence, aimed at re-adjusting the relation between central and regional institutions.

The paper is divided into three sections. The first section introduces Habermas’s theory of constitutional patriotism. I argue that one of constitutional patriotism’s main contributions to current constitutional and political debates is an increased awareness of the democratic and political pluralism. The second section discusses the effect that pluralism should have in a deliberative democracy. In the third section, I discuss the potential contribution that constitutional patriotism might make in the debate over the 2014 Scottish referendum over independence.

Constitutional Patriots Should be democratic Patriots...

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