For Love of Country? by Martha Nussbaum, Joshua Cohen

By Martha Nussbaum, Joshua Cohen

After the terrorist assaults at the Pentagon and the realm exchange middle, American flags seemed in every single place. Is patriotism an excellent reaction at a time of nationwide problem? What does it suggest for us to think about ourselves as a country first?With our connections to the area turning out to be more suitable and extra very important than ever, Martha C. Nussbaum argues that we should always mistrust traditional patriotism as parochial and as an alternative see ourselves to start with as "citizens of the world." 16 favorite writers and thinkers reply, together with Benjamin R. Barber, Sissela Bok, Nathan Glazer, Robert Pinsky, Elaine Scarry, Amartya Sen, and Michael Walzer.NEW DEMOCRACY FORUMA sequence of brief paperback originals exploring artistic recommendations to our such a lot pressing nationwide matters. The sequence editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, target to foster politically engaged, intellectually sincere, and morally critical debate approximately primary issues-both off and on the time table of traditional politics.

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Were he truly ~ wo~d citizen, w at t~e mi~~ .. 1wonld this imply about refugee poh~,es. IglOn . or tobaSIC human ahigher . nI But as I read Martha Nussbaum, she IS not 0 y values. NATHAN GLAZER arguing against the principle My country, right or wrong. We would all, patriots and cosmopolitans, allow that there comes a time when our country's policies must be resisted (which policies, and how resisted, would of course raise further difficult questions). " This Suggests that something like world citizenship should replace American citizenship.

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AMY GUTMANN What is Nussbaum's cosmopolitan alternative? To teach students that their primary allegiance is to the community of human beings in the entire world. Where is there any such community? There are human beings throughout the world and they are entitled to be treated as equals, according to principles of right and justic~. If this is what Nussbaum means by community, she is agreemg Withwhat democratic humanists say. If she means to refer to a comm~nity with claims that take precedence over these rights, a commumty that requires its members to respect those claims "above all" because they are "above all" citizens of the world then she is recommending a vision that we should reject.

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