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Introduction

Maurizio Viroli

in For Love of Country

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293583
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293585.003.0001
 Introduction

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While nationalism is an attachment to the ethnic, cultural, and spiritual homogeneity of a nation, patriotism refers to the love of the republic and the political institutions that sustain it. The language of patriotism avoids the dangers of intolerance inherent in a nationalistic conception of civic virtue by appealing to the non‐exclusive love of common liberty that is nevertheless rooted in the concrete culture and history of a particular people. The project of the book will be to explore the possibilities of political patriotism as an alternative to the rhetoric of nationalism through a historical interpretation of the evolution of patriotism.

Keywords: civic virtue; institutions; intolerance; liberty; nation; nationalism; patriotism; republic

Chapter.  6697 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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