In his seminal lecture “Is Patriotism a Virtue?” Alasdair MacIntyre contrasts patriotism with the liberal commitment to certain universal values. He notes that Alasdair MacIntyre has given a defense of patriotism: MacIntyre’s argument (in his Lindley Lecture, “Is Patriotism a Virtue?. the nature of a more sophisticated patriotism comes from Scottish philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, in an essay titled “Is Patriotism a Virtue?”.

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The one thing I might point out is that this sounds like what Carl Schmitt used to criticize the English pluralists for- the failure to distinguish between political association and other forms of association.

Is Patriotism A Virtue

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. How to cite this entry. And these attitudes can and do quite easily turn ugly and hateful and warlike. I think it is right alasdalr true to say that on an Aristotelian account the groups we belong to can require our devotion, and that they shape us, but for both Aristotle and Schmitt political association is qualitatively different from, say, the chess league.

Instead, he would seek to make sure that the country lives up to moral requirements and promotes moral values, both at home and internationally.

And this leads us back to a conception of morality which, while still Aristotelian, seems consistent with the kind of enlightenment moral standpoint — a universal one — that MacIntyre has used Aristotle to argue against.

Your email address will not be published. In what is still the sole book-length philosophical study of the subject, Stephen Nathanson34—35 defines patriotism as involving:. Open Preview See a Problem? Justin Conway rated it liked it Jul 05, Not much needs to be said about the moral standing of this type of patriotism, as it amounts to rejection of morality.


This is only a definition. Thus patriotism and nationalism are understood as the same type vrtue set of beliefs and attitudes, and distinguished in terms of their objects, rather than the strength of those beliefs and attitudes, or as sentiment vs.

Yale University Press, A good example is provided by the Ten Commandments, a major document of Western morality.

Patriotism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Return to Book Page. This may or may not be relevant to the question of patriotism, depending on just what we take the aladsair of princely rule to be.

Erin rated it it was amazing May 24, One who denies that people in general have a duty of special concern for the well-being of their friends shows that she does not understand what friendship is. Morality allows for both types of considerations, as they pertain to different levels of moral deliberation.

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. Martin Hughes – – Cogito 3 2: Patriotism is not but another extension of the duty of concern for others; it is a special concern for my country because it is my country, for my compatriots because they are my compatriots.


These benefits are made possible by cooperation of those who live in the country, participate in the enterprise, owe and render allegiance to the mqcintyre. When it fails to do so, she will withhold support.

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and PatriotismCambridge: A fuller account of patriotism is beyond the scope of this article. What, then, is the moral status of patriotism?

The special relationship between the patriot and the patria and compatriots — the relationship of love and identification — has been dissolved. This type of patriotism is extreme, but by no means extremely rare. There is considerable middle ground between these extremes. Patriotism raises questions of the sort philosophers characteristically discuss: Special duties mediate our fundamental, universal duties and make possible their most effective discharge.

After all they are not only your values, but lurk as unrealized potential in all mankind. George Orwell contrasted the two in terms of aggressive vs. There is also no firtue though that your being alive, is any more necessary than your being of organic matter, and here we can see that macinfyre ethical appeals to conventionally decided upon universals quickly breaks down.

It has no positive moral significance.