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For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism

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For Love of Country is a rare forum: a real conversation among some of our most prominent intellectuals about an issue of urgent public importance. At the center of this lively and utterly readable debate book is Martha Nussbaumis passionate argument against patriotism. At a time when our connections and obligations to the rest of the world grow only stronger, we should re ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published July 20th 1997 by Beacon Press (first published 1996)
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John Doe
Stoics, Christians, Jews and others, have come to the same conclusion. It is important to love your neighbor. This is not a simple matter of religious education. It is an open heart to the other. A stranger helping a stranger, regardless of nationality or creed. It means seeing our underlying humanity and doing what's right. Perhaps, it means hiding jews from the german secret police. Perhaps it means donating money to a young girl in south america whose family makes less than $300 a month. So, ...more
Jessica Zu
Again, I only read the chapter required by my professor. From this snippits of info I can tell that Nussbaum is an extreme idealist, just like Tagore. The cosmopolitan university established by Tagore--Visvabharati--emphasizes on communication and sharing of ideas instead of disciplinary training. This logic is fundamental at odds with the capitalist logic of specialization and expertism ... and provides a different model of what the would could be. And I'm totally excited about it.
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My introduction to "cosmopolitan" ethics. I don't know whether the essays in this book actually changed the way I thought about the world or articulated principles that I'd suspected all along, but in any event it certainly gave me new frames through which to talk about my ideas about political identities and how we conceptualize them. It sounds like a simple enough idea--think of yourself as a citizen of the world--but it raises all kinds of questions, and one of the nice things about this book ...more
Quite enjoyable. Personally, I thought it seemed a bit simple at first ("well, obviously patriotism is X, Y and Z...") but then I'd watch the news and remember why it's not obvious.

There wasn't a very intense, partisan debate in the book. Some major differences of opinion, but all in all I felt most of the authors had similar concepts but different ideas in how they should be articulated, which is really where I think the patriotism issue does lie.
Anas Theo
The controversial opinion of Martha C. Nussbaum about Cosmopolitanism, and how could be achieved against the stances of nationalism or patriotism, and the reflections among scholars.
This is a thought-provoking attempt to defend cosmopolitanism by Nussbaum together with critical responses by luminaries such as H. Putnam, E. Scarry K. Appiah and A. Sen.
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Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and ...more
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