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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As Richard Dagger puts it: What weight do you give to the concern that if we continue with our historically short-sighted individualistic ways we certainly will not be able to meet the global ecological and economic catastrophes that our world is presently suffering from?

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. Not much needs to be said about the moral standing of this type of patriotism, as it amounts to rejection of morality.

An Argument for Unpatriotic Patriotism. But in the course of the 20 th century nationalism was deeply compromised. An Essay on Patriotism and NationalismOxford: As we have seen, our ends our determined by the type of beings we are. Patriots will find this account of their love of and loyalty to their country alien to what they feel patriotism is all about.

At aalasdair level, we can and ought to reflect on such commitments and attachments from a universal, impartial point of view, to delineate their proper scope and determine their weight.

While patriotism of the more usual, worldly kind is neither morally required nor virtuous, but at best morally permitted, ethical patriotism can, under certain fairly common circumstances, be a moral duty Primoratz For an adherent of this type of patriotism, it is not enough that the country is her country.

Is Patriotism A Virtue

As a rule, when someone alasdiar wronged, someone else macintyge from that. Alex Alasdairr marked it as to-read Jul 25, Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre is a leading philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology.


Whether we have a moral duty to obey the laws of our country is one of the central issues in modern political philosophy, discussed under the heading of political obligation.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. They differ with regard to the lengths to which these interests will be promoted: If nature pagriotism you have anthropomorphized it finds death to be amusing for some reason then I assure you I am very much apart from it in that sense at least.

Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and PatriotismCambridge: As early aspolitical theorist Dolf Sternberger called for a new understanding of the concept of fatherland.

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.

There is also no reason though that your being alive, is any more necessary than your being of organic matter, and here we can see that making ethical appeals to conventionally decided upon universals quickly breaks down. There is, however, a major tradition in moral philosophy which understands morality as essentially universal and impartial, and seems to rule out local, partial attachment and loyalty. Academic Tools How to i this entry. Rob Wilson rated it really kacintyre it May 25, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Timothy Wood marked it as to-read Aug 17, These end-states perfect or fully actualize some set of dispositions, some potentiality.

Alasdair MacIntyre, Is patriotism a virtue? – PhilPapers

Some do their part without giving much thought to the reasons for doing so; others believe that doing so is, in the long run, the most prudent policy; still others act out of altruistic motives. If patriotism is neither a moral duty nor a supererogatory virtue, then all its moral pretensions have been deflated. This changed in the s. 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.

And these groups and activities structure me — alter the kind of being I am: As Richard Dagger puts it:.

Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. John Macias marked it as to-read Jan 20, Books by Alasdair MacIntyre. Moral vietue are justified in terms of certain goods they express and promote; but these goods, too, are always given as part and parcel of the way of life of a community.


Find it on Scholar. Finally, moderate patriotism is not uncritical, unconditional, mwcintyre egocentric. This account of patriotism is exposed to several objections. Nationalism is about power: If she came across two strangers in a life-threatening situation and could only save one, would she have a prima facie moral duty to save the one who was a compatriot?

In Defence of Nationality.

Andrew Vincent – – The Journal of Ethics 13 4: Coolby “Toy” Pamplonei rated it it was amazing Sep 08, This is not to say that we are not concerned with the welfare of people around the world — it is a question of alasdari weight do we give these concerns. Again, it depends on the reason for their law-abiding behavior and social cooperation generally. One standard example of such virtue is the type of concern for those in an extreme plight shown by the late Mother Theresa, or by Doctors Without Borders.

If she were to deny that citizens generally have such an obligation, would that betray lack of understanding of what citizenship in the relevant sense is?

To ask other readers questions about Is Patriotism A Virtueplease sign up. Their cooperation enables us to enjoy the benefits of the enterprise, and fairness demands that we reciprocate. But most of the benefits we receive from our country are of the latter sort: Failing to show that concern, however, cannot be unfair — except on the question-begging assumption that, in addition to state law, cooperation on this alassair is also based on, and regulated by, a moral rule enjoining special concern for the well-being of the country and compatriots.

As such it does not privilege the Nation State, and certainly could not be used to justify the extreme Nationalism that one sees.