Patriotism as Political Concern


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A fundamental question facing the European Union is whether its citizen can develop patriotic feelings towards Europe in place of loyalty to their original countries. The violent history of the 20th century, however, makes it unclear whether European patriotism is even desirable. Constitutional patriotism, defined as loyalty not to country but to democratic political institutions, is a theory designed to allow patriotism within a certain country, if thought of as political concern for one’s fellow inhabitants of that country, is of ethical value. Patriotism as political concern develops characteristics such as self-sacrifice while retaining the emotional motivation that constitutional patriotism, as an intellectual exercise, lacks. Patriotism as political concern within one’s country, I then argue, should continue to be cultivated in the European Union.


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