From Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism to Liberal Nationalism

Will Kymlicka

in Politics in the Vernacular

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780199240982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599729 | DOI:
From Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism to Liberal Nationalism

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This chapter examines the debate between traditional Enlightenment cosmopolitanism and liberal nationalism. Enlightenment thinkers view the state as a protector of individual liberties, rather than a defender of national culture or identities. Liberal nationalists expect the state to protect national cultures and to express people’s identities. It is argued that liberal nationalism involves a ‘redefinition’ of cosmopolitanism, given that these share many commonalities.

Keywords: liberal nationalism; Enlightenment cosmopolitanism; national identity; culture; freedom; democratic citizenship

Chapter.  8088 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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