Nationalism and Beyond: Introducing Moral Debate about Values
Chapters I - VI
Nenad Miscevic. Nationalism and Beyond: Introducing Moral
Debate about Values. Budapest: CEU Press, 2001. - 270 p.
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is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Society
for Analytic Philosophy, of which he was president until 1999.
He has lectured as invited professor at various universities including
CREA in Paris, the Institute for International Studies in Geneva,
the Institute of Federalism in Fribourg, as well as at the universities
of Memphis, Graz (Austria) and Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic).
This book is a readable introduction of the concepts and principles
shaping the philosophical debate around nationalism. It provides
portraits of two kinds of nationalists: the tougher type, more
common in everyday life, and the ultra-moderate “liberal nationalist”
encountered in academia. The author introduces a debate with a
“thoughtful nationalist,” one who defends the view that states
should be organized around national culture and that individuals
have basic obligations to their nation. The author attempts to
answer his opponent’s standard arguments and presents a fully
documented critique of his views.
A passion born from Miscevic’s encounter with nationalism in
the former Yugoslavia glows from every line of the argument. Questions
raised and discussed include: Why is radicalism typical of nationalism?
How successful is the nation-state? Does nationalism support liberal-democratic
values? Is membership in a nation necessary for human fulfillment
and for understanding values? Why might nationalism be immoral?
The book is unique not only because it explains a contemporary
moral debate, in terms clear to the non-philosopher reader, but
also because it has been written from the perspective of Central
and Eastern Europe based on the author’s personal experience.
“There is nothing quite like this book in the contemporary
literature. It fills a salient vacuum and would make a fine contribution
to a number of debates.” - Philip Pettit, Professor of Social
and Political Theory, Australian National University, Canberra