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Intricacies of Patriotism

Towards a Complexity of Patriotic Allegiance

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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Breda Vito is MacCormick Fellow at the Law School of the University of Edinburgh and the Research Leader of the Comparative Research Group at the USQ School of Law and Justice, Australia. Previously he was appointed visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University and lecturer in law at Cardiff. He holds a visiting professorship in comparative thought at the University of Deusto and worked as researcher for the Scottish Parliament. Since 2010 he is a fellow at the UK Higher Education Academy. His most recent publications are: English Pragmatism and Italian Virtue. A Comparative Analysis of the Regime of Illegally Obtained Evidence in Civil Law Proceedings between Italy and England (2014); The Scottish Referendum for Independence. What Might Happen in Spain? (2013).

Cafaro Philip is Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, USA. His main research interests center on environmental ethics, consumption, population issues and wild land preservation. He is the author of Thoreau’s Living Ethics. Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue (2006), and co-editor of the recently released anthology Life on the Brink. Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation (2012). He is an affiliated faculty member of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability and president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

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