Journal Article

Constitutional patriotism and militant moderation

Karol Edward Sołtan

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 96-116
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI:
Constitutional patriotism and militant moderation

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Constitutional patriotism is a form of political loyalty combining a commitment to universal principles with a love of a unique object of loyalty, and with a special connection to a constitution. This paper outlines a version of constitutional patriotism with three distinctive characteristics. First, constitutions are not the object of the loyalty, but its most important expression. Second, constitutions are seen as commitments to a certain form of moderate politics. And, finally, constitutional patriotism can be directed toward many different objects of loyalty, but only when it can be simultaneously directed toward a universal civilization. Constitutional patriotism seems to be the best possible form of political loyalty, and hence the form we should adopt. Loyalty is not necessarily always a virtue. But a certain form of loyalty (constitutional patriotism)—to individuals and groups, institutions and causes that deserve loyalty—is a virtue. There are many conceptions of constitutional patriotism; this paper argues in favor of one that expresses a passionate, ambitious, and militant moderation.

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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