Maurizio Viroli

in For Love of Country

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293583
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600289 | DOI:

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Argues for the possibility of patriotism without nationalism. Contemporary debates on patriotism have focused on how to uphold patriotism after the disasters of the nationalistic patriotism of Fascism and Nazism. While Habermas disconnected the universal political principles from nationality, communitarians like MacIntyre have emphasized the importance of shared pre‐political identities. Instead of extreme, contemporary pluralistic societies require political unity based on the values of the republic in the tradition of Tocqueville, Walzer, and Taylor.

Keywords: communitarianism; fascism; Habermas; Jürgen; Alasdair MacIntyre; nazism; patriotism; pluralism; republic; unity; universal principles

Chapter.  10048 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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