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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MacIntyre and the Morality of Patriotism

One might find fault with the step from communitarianism to patriotism: They establish a division of moral labor, necessary because our capacity of doing good is limited by our resources and circumstances. He notes that Alasdair MacIntyre has given a defense of patriotism: Your email address will not be published.

Military-Industrial Complex is Circumstantially Unethical. The same is true of patriotism Primoratz He also lives and flourishes as one because he is sustained in his moral life by his community. Wait what does that even have to do with anything I wrote?


Thanks for the cool post! Discussions of both patriotism and nationalism are often marred by lack of clarity due to the failure to distinguish the two. 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.

Patriotic duty owes its moral force to the moral force of those universal duties. The same moral value, sympathy for and assistance to people in need, grounds a certain degree of concern for others as a general moral duty and explains why a significantly higher degree of such concern is a moral ideal.

Vritue is nothing to be said for it, morally speaking. In what is still the sole book-length philosophical study of the macinttre, Stephen Nathanson34—35 defines patriotism as involving:. For instance, it may require the patriot to fight for his country, but only in patriptism far as the war is, and remains, just. Alessandro Ferrara – – European Journal of Philosophy 2 3: This kind of conflict is at the heart macinryre an Aristotelian account of morality: It also lies with those who give support to such decisions and their implementation.


Some of these objections can easily be countered. Sign in to use this feature.

If she came amcintyre 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? There is also no reason though that your being alive, is macintye 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. When ptariotism country maintains an unjust or inhumane practice, or enacts and enforces an unjust or inhumane law or policy, at least some, and sometimes many of its citizens reap benefits from it.

Bernard Bosanquet – – Freeport, N. This is only a definition. But even if it were conceded, one might still resist the claim concerning the alleged duty.

Enhanced bibliography for this entry at Macinntyrewith links to its database. But there is no single reason common to all or even most of them. Bad faith is bad; so is patriotism, as well as every identity, individual or collective, constituted, in part, by patriotic loyalty.

But whereas a patriot is also a citizen, a citizen is not necessarily a patriot.

Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Bernard Yack – – Critical Review 12 The Lindley LectureLawrence: In Defence of Nationality. This leads her to hide from herself the true source of some of the beliefs involved.

Patriotism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Adherents of both extreme and robust patriotism will consider themselves bound to fight for their country whether its cause be just or not.

Macedo – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 4: Perhaps we can think of compatriots as an aggregate of individuals. By doing so, we will be attending to an important aspect of our own moral identity and integrity.


How to cite this entry. It has no positive moral significance. This leads MacIntyre to conclude that patriotism is not to be contrasted with morality; it is rather a central moral virtue, indeed the bedrock of morality.

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. 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. If one accepts such benefits, while knowing about the patriotiem practices, laws or policies at issue, or having no excuse for not knowing about them, that, too, may be seen as implicating him in those wrongs.

Sign in Create an account. The duty of special concern for the well-being of our country and compatriots, just like other duties, universal and special, is justified by the good consequences of its adoption. The question does not admit of a single answer.

Such duties are not means of creating or maintaining those relationships, macintyrw rather their part and parcel, and can only be understood, and justified, as such, just as those relationships can only be understood as involving the special duties pertaining to them while involving much else besides.

We must remember this is the same MacIntyre who says: If so, this type of patriotism would seem to involve the rejection of such basic moral notions as universal justice and common human solidarity.

Do we owe them a debt of gratitude for the benefits of life among them? Instead, he would seek to make sure that the country lives mzcintyre to moral requirements and promotes moral values, both at home and internationally.