Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients

Maurizio Viroli

in For Love of Country

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293583
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600289 | DOI:
 Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients

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Explores the contrast between the ‘politics of the moderns’ and the ‘politics of the ancients’ in eighteenth century republican thought. Montesquieu and Rousseau are two great thinkers who attempted to revive ancient patriotism within a modern context. The question for both was how to make modern patriotism compatible with individuals’ private interests, given that modern men are incapable of the ancients’ heroic self‐sacrifice for their country.

Keywords: ancients; moderns; Montesquieu; patriotism; politics; private interest; republicanism; Rousseau; self‐sacrifice

Chapter.  12582 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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