Towards a Complexity of Patriotic Allegiance
Edited By Maciej Hułas and Stanisław Fel
Patria as Biography. An Argument for Biographical Patriotism.
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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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