In his seminal lecture “Is Patriotism a Virtue?” Alasdair MacIntyre contrasts patriotism with the liberal commitment to certain universal values. 年12月10日 Liberal morality requires that “Patriotism need be regarded as nothing more than a perfectly proper devotion to one’s own nation which must. Is Patriotism a Virtue [Alasdair MacIntyre] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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The latter type of patriotism need not conflict with impartial justice or common human solidarity. Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalismrev.

She will also expect it to live up to certain standards and thereby deserve her support, macinfyre, and special concern for its well-being. Therefore the definition needs to include such concern. This suggests that patriotism can be judged from the standpoint of ethics of belief — a set of norms for evaluating our beliefs and other doxastic states.


Patriotism and Human Rights: But some responsibility in this connection may also devolve on those who have no part in the making of the decisions or in their implementation, nor even provide support, but accept the benefits such a practice, law or policy generates.

Ethical commitments should be to emancipation for every person in the world unconditionally, as long as we are willing to admit we could have also been born in to any existing form of human subjugation, and with much larger odds than being born in to some decaying American suburb.

There is no morality as such; morality is always the morality of a particular community.

In what is still the sole book-length philosophical study of the subject, Stephen Nathanson34—35 defines patriotism as involving: This may or may not be relevant to the question us patriotism, depending on just what we take the point of princely rule to be.


This type of patriotism is extreme, but by no means extremely rare. As for the accusation of particularism: The rules that regulate the cooperation and determine the distribution of burdens and benefits enjoin, among other things, special concern for the well-being of compatriots which is not due to outsiders.

The universal of our humanity might also only be a function of a certain kind of being an animal, or being living, and so you would have to compare your commitments with humanity to your commitments with all si life this would consist in the Peter Singer argument.

Both patriotism and nationalism involve love of, identification with, and special concern for a certain entity.

Anderson, Benedict,Imagined Communities: For instance, one who denies that she has an obligation of special concern for the well-being of her friend shows that she no longer perceives and treats the person concerned as a friend, that patriotsm far as she latriotism concerned the friendship is gone.

Fichte, gave the subject more than a passing reference — and most of what Fichte had to say actually pertains to nationalism, rather than patriotism see Busch and Dierse Although love or special affection is usually given expression in special concern for its object, that is not necessary.

James Gafney – – In Igor Primoratz ed.

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

The kind of patriotism defended by Nathanson and Baron is moderate in several distinct, but related respects. To be sure, there is much overlap between country and nation, and therefore between patriotism and nationalism; thus much that applies to one will also apply to the other.

It is stupid because every patriot holds his mafintyre country to be the best of all whereas, obviously, only one country can qualify. Some have argued that an emphatically macjntyre patriotism could perform the unifying function of nationalism while avoiding its perils. Everyone, compatriot or not, has a claim to our respect and concern … but those who join with us in cooperative enterprises have a claim to special recognition. Compatriots take priority because we owe it to them as a matter of reciprocity.


But there are important benefits we have received from our country; the argument is that we are bound to show gratitude for them, and that the appropriate way to do so is to show special concern for the well-being of the country and compatriots.

Not much needs to be said about the moral standing of payriotism type of patriotism, as it amounts to rejection of morality. In such a case, partiality and particular concerns are judged to be legitimate and indeed valuable from an impartial, universal point of view.

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

Part of what it is to be a citizen is to incur special obligations: How to cite this entry. I am in no way implicated in them. Patriotism as an Environmental Virtue. Its adherent will show special concern for his country and iis, but that will not prevent him from showing concern for other countries and their inhabitants.

Patriotism in a Multicultural SocietyCambridge: He also lives and flourishes as one because he is sustained in his moral life by his community. They establish a division of moral labor, patriotismm because our capacity of doing good is limited by our resources and circumstances.