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Should We Teach Patriotism?

Archard, David (1999) Should We Teach Patriotism? Studies in Philosophy and Education, 18 (3). pp. 157-173.

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Abstract

This article examines a particular debate between Eamonn Callan and William Galston concerning the need for a civic education which counters the divisive pull of pluralism by uniting the citizenry in patriotic allegiance to a single national identity. The article offers a preliminary understanding of nationalism and patriotism before setting out the terms of the debate. It then critically evaluates the central idea of Callan that one might be under an obligation morally to improve one''s own patriotic inheritance, pointing to the ineliminable tension between the valuation of one''s own patria by its own terms and a detached critical reason. It concludes by suggesting that we are, in advance of our education, members of a particular patria and that any education must be particularistic. Finally, the danger is noted of presuming that, in each case, there is a single, determinate national tradition.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Philosophy and Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: civic education - patriotism - nationalism - pluralism - liberalism - tradition - patria - critical reason
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 34170
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2010 15:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:34
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34170

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