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The Ethics of Patriotism presents an intensely focused, detailed, and comprehensive discussion of patriotism as an important philosophical issue; the text engages with the extensive literature on the subject, including the most recent contributions to the debate about the nature and moral credentials of love of, or loyalty to, one's country and polity.
The unique approach taken within this book brings together the differing perspectives of three leading figures in the philosophical debate. John Kleinig argues that patriotism is a virtuous form of loyalty and self-understanding; Simon Keller argues that patriotism is a vicious form of self-deception; and Igor Primoratz makes the case for a restricted, ethical form of patriotism. Each of the three authors states his case and then responds to the arguments of the others. Thus the three major arguments engage with one another in a way that is both critical and constructive and make a joint contribution toward a better understanding and more judicious evaluation of all the main types of patriotism.
The text is up-to-date, accessible, and vigorous in its presentation of the major views and arguments, presenting the only sustained, dedicated debate on patriotism and its ethical status.
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John Kleinig is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, LUNY, USA, and Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Stun University, Canberra, Australia. He is the author of, amongst others, Ethics and Criminal Justice (2008), The Ethics of Policing (1996), and Valuing Life (1991).
Simon Keller is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of Partiality (2013) and The Limits of Loyalty (2007), which won the 2009 American Philosophical Association Book Prize.
Igor Primoratz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. He is the author of Terrorism: A Philosophical Investigation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Ethics and Sex (1999), Justifying Legal Punishment (1989, 1997), and Banquos Geist: Hegels Theorie der Strafe (1986). He is also editor of a number of books, including Patriotism (2002) and Patriotism: Philosophical and Political Perspectives (with Aleksandar Pavkovic, 2007).
?This is an excellent book, perhaps the best philosophical work that exists on patriotism. Each of the three authors is an accomplished philosopher, each has a distinctive perspective, and each presents and defends his views clearly and effectively?. The discussion will both encourage and assist readers to reach their own conclusions about whether patriotism should be strongly supported or decisively rejected.??Stephen Nathanson, , Northeastern University, author of Patriotism, Morality and Peace
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