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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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Patria as Biography. An Argument for Biographical Patriotism.


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Maciej Hułas

John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

Patria as Biography. An Argument for Biographical Patriotism

Sometimes a complaint can be heard that no one speaks about patriotism any longer. The issue of patriotism, if not attractive for the consumer society of today – as Zygmunt Bauman1 asserts – is still making itself felt, and interest in patriotism has not actually weakened. Patriotic rhetoric reappears again and again, such as in the recent mass uprising in Kiev Majdan or the Arab Spring movements; football fans showing off patriotic symbols as tokens of loyalty; or the unremitting public tussle about patriotism in Poland, that intensifies with each celebration of the anniversaries of national holidays. Patriotism is a difficult subject in its own right. Particularly in Europe, it may trigger off mixed feelings, on account of its susceptibility to abusive distortions2, and its aptitude for mobilizing nationalist resentments3. There are at least three good reasons for including patriotism into the research agenda of social science.

Why are we in Need of a New Definition of Patriotism?

Firstly, if patriotism really is a value and a virtue, as Rousseau4 and MacIntyre5 agreeably maintain, then it has its own place in our human value system as an intrinsic and inseparable component. In that case, disregarding patriotism would be the equivalent of depriving the human axiology of one of its inherent parts, making it a defective set. For various reasons, however,...

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