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Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship

Essays on the Problem of Political Community

In Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship, Ronald Beiner engages critically with a wide range of important political thinkers and current debates in light of the Aristotelian idea that shared citizenship is an essential human calling. Virtually every aspect of contemporary political experience – globalization, international migration, secessionist movements, the politics of multiculturalism – pose urgent challenges to modern citizenship. Beiner’s work on the philosophy of citizenship is essential reading not just for students of politics and political philosophy, but for all those who rightly sense that these kinds of recent challenges demand an ambitious rethinking of the nature of political community.

240 pages

Table of Contents


Part 1: Citizenship versus Liberalism

1 Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Three Models of Political Community

2 The Fetish of Individuality: Richard Flathman’s Willfully Liberal Politics

3 Civic Resources in a Liberal Society: “Thick” and “Thin” Versions of Liberalism

4 From Community to Citizenship: The Quest for a Post-Liberal Public Philosophy

5 Is There Such a Thing As a Communitarian Political Philosophy?

Part 2: Citizenship versus Nationalism

6 Nationalism’s Challenge to Political Philosophy

7 Reflections of a Diaspora Jew in Israel

8 Hannah Arendt As a Critic of Nationalism

9 National Self-Determination: Some Cautionary Remarks on the Rhetoric of Rights

10 Citizenship and Nationalism: Is Canada a “Real Country”?

11 1989: Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Nairn-Hobsbawm Debate

12 Civicism between Nationalism and Globalism


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