Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Essays on the Problem of Political Community

Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Essays on the Problem of Political Community

By: Ronald Beiner (author)Hardback

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Liberals believe that the purpose of politics is to guarantee that individuals do not face unfair impediments in pursuing the lives they choose for themselves. Nationalists believe that the purpose of politics is to ensure that a people's sense of authentic nationhood wins full expression in powers of collective sovereignty or self-rule. Both of these forms of political commitment yield world-transforming political philosophies, but do either of these visions do adequate justice to a philosophically robust ideal of shared citizenship and civic membership? In Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship, Ronald Beiner engages critically with a wide range of important political thinkers and current debates in light of the Aristotelian idea that shared citizenship is an essential human calling. Virtually every aspect of contemporary political experience -- globalization, international migration, secessionist movements, the politics of multiculturalism -- pose urgent challenges to modern citizenship. Beiner's work on the philosophy of citizenship is essential reading not just for students of politics and political philosophy, but for all those who rightly sense that these kinds of recent challenges demand an ambitious rethinking of the nature of political community.

About Author

Ronald Beiner is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.


Introduction Part 1: Citizenship versus Liberalism 1 Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Three Models of Political Community 2 The Fetish of Individuality: Richard Flathman's Willfully Liberal Politics 3 Civic Resources in a Liberal Society: "Thick" and "Thin" Versions of Liberalism 4 From Community to Citizenship: The Quest for a Post-Liberal Public Philosophy 5 Is There Such a Thing As a Communitarian Political Philosophy? Part 2: Citizenship versus Nationalism 6 Nationalism's Challenge to Political Philosophy 7 Reflections of a Diaspora Jew in Israel 8 Hannah Arendt As a Critic of Nationalism 9 National Self-Determination: Some Cautionary Remarks on the Rhetoric of Rights 10 Citizenship and Nationalism: Is Canada a "Real Country"? 11 1989: Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Nairn-Hobsbawm Debate 12 Civicism between Nationalism and Globalism Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774809870
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780774809870
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0774809876

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