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Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Community

ISBN-10: 0226944670

ISBN-13: 9780226944678

Edition: 2012

Authors: Bernard Yack

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 Nationalism is one of modern history’s great surprises. How is it that the nation, a relatively old form of community, has risen to such prominence in an era so strongly identified with the individual? Bernard Yack argues that it is the inadequacy of our understanding of community—and especially the moral psychology that animates it—that has made this question so difficult to answer. Yack develops a broader and more flexible theory of community and shows how to use it in the study of nations and nationalism. What makes nationalism such a powerful and morally problematic force in our lives is the interplay of old feelings of communal loyalty and relatively new beliefs about popular sovereignty. By uncovering this fraught relationship, Yack moves our understanding of nationalism beyond the oft-rehearsed debate between primordialists and modernists, those who exaggerate our loss of individuality and those who underestimate the depth of communal attachments.A brilliant and compelling book,Nationalism and the Moral Psychology of Communitysets out a revisionist conception of nationalism that cannot be ignored. 
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Charles Parsons is Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Myth of the Civic Nation
The Moral Psychology of Community
What Then Is a Nation?
The People, the Nation, and the Nation-State
Legitimacy and Loyalty: Making Sense of Nationalism
Popular Sovereignty and the Rise of Nationalism
Introduction to Part Two
The Moral Value of Contingent Communities
National Loyalty and Liberal Principles
The Moral Problem with Nationalism
What's Wrong with National Rights to Self-Determination
Cosmopolitan Humility and Its Price
Learning to Live with Nationalism
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index