Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Edited by Nenad Miscevic
an increasingly powerful force in today's political world
and a conspicuous element in all modern wars. Some
philosophers reject any kind of nationalism, while others
have tried to defend it as, in some form, morally
acceptable. Nationalist claims often appear to clash with
such values as individual autonomy, benevolent impartiality,
unconstrained creativity, and inter-ethnic cooperation.
and Ethnic Conflict presents 14 essays by leading
philosophers, some in favor of nationalism, others opposed.
From varying ethical perspectives, they discuss recent
philosophical arguments for the value and necessity of
is not dead. One effect of this discovery is that ethics,
moral psychology, and political philosophy have begun to
take seriously the problem of understanding the heart and
the head of the nationalist. In this fascinating collection
many familiar philosophical positions are tested against the
realities of nationalism. Some of the authors have
first-hand experience of nationalism. Some are sympathetic
to nationalism. All of them have cool heads and a keen eye
for the complexities which the very idea of a philosophy of
nationalism brings to light."
University of Geneva
Ethnic Conflict offers a definitive survey of recent work on
'liberal nationalism', supplemented with important materials on
the problems of nationalism, patriotism, and cosmopolitanism. It
is analytic political philosophy at its best, offering a rich
harvest of careful arguments addressing the different sides of a
complex and important issue."
— Barry Smith