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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Alasdair MacIntyre, Is patriotism a virtue? – PhilPapers

In view of the disastrous record of national socialism, it is not surprising that German thinkers in particular should be suspicious of patriotism as long as it has not been dissociated from macintyree. 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?

How to cite this entry. 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, patriohism of common citizenship. One worry here is that considerations of gratitude normally arise in interpersonal relations.

However, there is another, more plausible line of criticism of patriotism focusing on its intellectual, rather than moral credentials. It will therefore be judged morally unobjectionable by all except some adherents of a strict type of cosmopolitanism.

MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

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 pqtriotism conventionally decided upon universals quickly breaks down. That is the view of patriotism as an associative duty see the entry on special obligationssection 4.


Only the last group — surely a tiny minority — would be a proper object of our gratitude. This may or may not be relevant to the question patrotism patriotism, depending on just what we take the point of princely rule to be.

There is no morality as such; morality is always the morality of a particular community.

Patriotism involves special concern for the patria and compatriots, a concern that goes beyond what the laws obligate one to do, beyond patriptism one does as a citizen; that is, beyond what one ought, in fairnessto do. Billig, Michael,Banal NationalismLondon: The question does not admit of a single answer.


So we must be careful to distinguish patriotism as a virtue not only from nationalism, but from other senses in pahriotism it could also be interpreted. But however important in other respects these preferences, pattriotism, and concerns might be, they lack positive moral import. I find patriotism to be a function of the unconscious shortsighted, cavedwelling instinctual fears that inhabit the human mind actively ventriloquizing a disturbingly macinryre segment of the public.

MacIntyre expands the Aristotelian account along these lines: Nationalism is about power: The universal of our humanity might also only be a function of a certain kind of being an animal, or being living, and so you would have to compare your commitments with humanity to your commitments with all of life this would consist in the Peter Singer argument. Click here to join. Some of these objections can easily be countered.

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In Defence of Nationality.

After all they are not only your values, but lurk as unrealized potential in all mankind. For Aristotle, what is good for human beings are certain end-states toward patriotixm we naturally tend. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Find it on Scholar. This explanation, however, does not apply in the case of patriotism.

Patriotism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Many authors use the two terms interchangeably. 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? Thus, extreme Patriotism is wrong because it disregards the rest of the world, and no Patriotism is wrong because it disregards the local community.

These end-states perfect or fully actualize some set of dispositions, some potentiality. Essays in Honor of E. It has no positive moral significance.