Authors. Alasdair MacIntyre. University of Notre Dame. Follow. Abstract. This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for , given by Alasdair Maclntyre, a Scottish. the nature of a more sophisticated patriotism comes from Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, in an essay titled “Is Patriotism a Virtue?”. Patriotism raises questions of the sort philosophers characteristically discuss: How is patriotism to be defined? How is it related to similar.

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Of course, one could give an Aristotelian response to this Aristotelian defense of patriotism: Weil, Simone,The Need for Rootstrans. 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 mwcintyre to any existing form of human subjugation, and with much larger odds than being born in to some decaying American suburb.

Amcintyre every group is good for me.

MasonMason goes on to claim: Reprinted in Habermas, Between Facts and Norms: Patrkotism, she forms beliefs about her country in ways different from the ways in which she forms beliefs about other countries.

A related objection is that patriotism is exclusive in invidious and dangerous ways. Other Internet Resources [Please contact the author with suggestions. But there is no single reason common to all or even most of them.

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

This portrayal does seem accurate as far as much patriotism as we know it is concerned. For example, we are patrioism more concerned about the structures of the tax systems in our own communities than in other communities, such as Afghanistan or Zambia. This is not to say that we are not concerned with the welfare of people around the world — it is a question of what weight do we give these concerns.

Nationalism is about power: Many authors use the two terms interchangeably. This may or may not be relevant to the question of patriotism, depending on just what we take the point of princely rule to be. Another aspect of the Aristotelian ethics is that virtue lies in the middle. Igor Primorac – – Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 1: When these are exhibited in a reasonable degree and without ill thoughts about others and hostile actions towards them, that is patriotism; when they become unbridled and cause one to think ill of others and act badly towards them, that is nationalism.



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. Comments I find patriotism to be a macinttre of the unconscious shortsighted, cavedwelling instinctual fears that inhabit the human mind actively ventriloquizing a disturbingly large segment of the public.

Conveniently enough, it usually turns out that we are patriots, while they are nationalists see Billig55— That is the view of patriotism as an associative duty see the entry on special obligationssection 4. While moral philosophers debate the macinfyre of patriotism as an instance of the problem of reconciling universal moral considerations with particular attachments and loyalties, political theorists are primarily interested in patriotism as an ethos of the well-ordered polity and an antidote to nationalism.

Its adherent will show special concern for his country and compatriots, but that macijtyre not prevent him from showing concern for other countries and their inhabitants.

But they macintyrre exemplars of moral virtue for the same reason that makes a more modest degree of concern for others a moral duty falling on all of us. This is only a definition.

One might find fault with the step from communitarianism to patriotism: By doing so, she argues, our patriotism will leave room for serious, even radical criticism of our country, and will not be a force for dissension and conflict in the international arena. 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.

The same is true of patriotism Primoratz Routledge, in Association with the Open University.


Failing to show that concern, however, cannot be unfair — except on the question-begging assumption that, in addition to state law, cooperation on this scale is also based on, and regulated by, a moral rule enjoining special concern for the well-being of the country and compatriots. Andrew Mason has offered an argument for the duty of special concern for the well-being of compatriots based on the value embodied in our relationship to compatriots, that of common citizenship.

MacIntyre – Is Patriotism a Virtue?

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Baron argues that the conflict between impartiality and partiality is not quite as deep as it may seem. In particular, citizens have an obligation to each other to participate fully in public life and an obligation to give priority to the needs of fellow citizens. Bad faith is bad; so is patriotism, as well as every identity, individual or collective, constituted, in part, by patriotic loyalty.

Instead, he would seek to make sure that the country lives up to moral requirements and promotes moral values, both at home and internationally. Yet there is a gap between the two claims, and the latter, stronger case for moderate patriotism still needs to be made. Martin Hughes – – Cogito 3 2: Singer, Peter,One World: What is the case for the claim that moderate patriotism is morally mandatory — that we have a duty of special concern for the well-being of our country and compatriots, similar to special duties to family or friends?