Economic and cultural globalization and the worldwide threat of terrorism have contributed to the resurgence of patriotic loyalty in many parts of the world and made the issues it raises highly topical. This collection of new essays by philosophers and political theorists engages with a wide range of conceptual, moral and political questions raised by the current revival of patriotism. It displays both similarities and differences between patriotism and nationalism, and considers the proposal of Habermas and others to disconnect the two. Ideal as a supplementary reader for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in politics/political science especially in political theory, contemporary political ideologies and nationalism and in philosophy for courses on applied ethics and political philosophy.
’Patriotism has been a profound influence on politics, music, morality, literature and poetry. However one regards patriotism, it is not something to be sidelined by political theory. It rather cries out for close and serious academic investigation. The present volume more than meets this stringent criterion. It is a skilfully edited, absorbing and very welcome body of essays by a prestigious group of theorists’ Andrew Vincent, University of Sheffield, UK 'Violent nationalism has made us wary of patriotism. The contributors to this well edited and scholarly collection clarify the issues involved here and argue for a variety of important positions on the ethical standing of patriotism. Any philosopher or political theorist concerned with this recently neglected but now vital topic will find this volume indispensable.' Paul Gilbert, University of Hull, UK 'Not only do many of the essays contribute to the cutting edge of the literature, but since they span a wide range of topics, without losing cohesion, the text will be especially useful for instructors seeking a supplementary reader for advanced courses on nationalism and patriotism.' Political Studies Review 'Patriotism is a fascinating volume of essays by a prestigious group of scholars on a topic all too often eclipsed by discussions on =nationalism'. Heavily philosophical, the book nonetheless would be of an invaluable aid to undergraduates, post-graduates and indeed experts in the field to students of politics and political science not to mention history seeking to enhance their understanding of this neglected topic.' e-Extreme