Patriotism as a Virtue
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 12 February 2012, Question 2
I answered a question on patriotism as a virtue on Philosophy in Action Radio on 12 February 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is patriotism a virtue? Is patriotism towards America a virtue? Should a person "love America" – or is that just jingoistic nationalism?
My Answer, In Brief: The value of loyalty depends on who you're loyal to, and the value of patriotism depends on the nature of the country that you support, particularly its respect for individual rights.
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