The Ethics of Nationality

David Miller

in On Nationality

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293569
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599910 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Ethics of Nationality

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Ethical universalism—the view that at the basic level our moral duties to others do not depend on our relationships to them—cannot accommodate special duties to fellow‐countrymen. The strength of the rival view, ethical particularism, is that it connects people's duties to their identity, and thus better explains moral motivation. The content of national obligations is in itself somewhat indeterminate, but is given concrete form within the public culture of each nation, and in formal practices of reciprocity. Finally, ethical particularism is compatible with the recognition of universal human rights.

Keywords: culture; duties; ethical particularism; ethical universalism; human rights; identity; obligations; reciprocity

Chapter.  13825 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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