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Instrumental Arguments (Or, Why States Need Nations)

Margaret Moore

in The Ethics of Nationalism

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780198297468
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599958 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297467.003.0004
Instrumental Arguments (Or, Why States Need Nations)

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This chapter examines arguments that link national identity with other goods (democracy, social justice). This analysis of this chapter does not reject the instrumental arguments of Rousseau, Mill, Gellner, O’Leary, Galston, and Miller, but it examines the limits of this type of argument and the empirical evidence.

Keywords: democracy; national identity; nations; representation; social justice

Chapter.  11792 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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