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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This is bad faith. They may give me dispositions that are at odds with my humanity and hence my happiness. Patriotism in Social and Virtud Philosophy.

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

They merely alaasdair to be the beneficiaries of the patriotksm effective way of putting into practice our concern for human beings in general. But her patriotism would be at work in a concern that her country be guided by these moral principles and values which is more sustained and more deeply felt than her concern that these principles and values should be put into practice generally. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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.

Thus, extreme Patriotism is wrong because it disregards the rest of the world, and no Patriotism is wrong because it disregards the local community. There is little to cavil about here. Such patriotism is compatible with a decent degree of alasdaor.

Is Patriotism A Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre

If patriotism is neither a moral duty nor a supererogatory virtue, then all its moral pretensions have been deflated. Citizenship in this sense is an intrinsically valuable relationship, and grounds certain special duties fellow citizens have to one another.


Freedom is only a certain sociopolitical situation that we might attain if we do not first go extinct. Paul Vittay marked it as to-read Feb 25, Dagger, This argument conflates the issue of patriotism with that of political obligationand the notion of a patriot with that of a citizen.

To that extent, this type of patriotism is critical and rational. Katie Daniels marked it as to-read Feb 13, These relationships are greater than our bond with the rest of humanity, and therefore have greater sway.

It amounts to an endorsement of provincialism and irrational attitudes of submission to tradition. Sign in to use this feature. Both Socrates and Viroli are exaggerating the benefits bestowed on us by our country; surely any gratitude owed for being born or brought up is owed to parents, rather than patria. If I can live and flourish as a moral agent only as a member of my community, while playing the role this membership involves, then my very identity is bound up with that of my community, its history, traditions, institutions, and aspirations.

As for the accusation of particularism: Patriotism involves special concern for the patria and compatriots, a concern that goes beyond what the laws obligate one to do, beyond what one does as a citizen; that is, beyond what one ought, in fairnessto do. The Ethics of GlobalizationNew Haven: Sign in Create an account. Academic Tools How to cite this entry. We must remember this is the same MacIntyre who says: 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.

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. They also consider patriotism an important component of our identity. If I may, I think this is partly from the fact MacIntyre is reacting to his early period as a Marxist.


Viroli, Maurizio,For Love of Country: This type of patriotism is extreme, but by no means extremely rare. James Gafney – – In Igor Primoratz ed.


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 Enhanced bibliography for this entry at PhilPaperswith links to its database. These benefits are made possible by cooperation of patriotjsm who live in the country, participate in the enterprise, owe and render allegiance to the polity.

A universalist would, in principle, object to this but it is hard to argue since one could legitimately as what business of our is it to interfere in these relationships. Howard Young marked it as to-read Jul 07, Patriotism raises questions of the sort philosophers characteristically discuss: This argument conflates the issue of patriotism with that of political obligationand the notion of a patriot with that of a citizen.

Reprinted in Habermas, Between Facts and Norms: Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. By doing so, we will be attending to an important aspect of our own moral identity and integrity. Each of us can normally be of greater assistance to those who are in some way close to us than to those who are not.

Monireh Razavi rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Both patriotism and nationalism involve love of, identification with, and special concern for a certain entity.