Political Philosophies and Political Ideologies

A new version of the paper published as chapter 1 of Patriotic Elaborations: Essays in Practical Philosophy, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009.

Public Affairs Quarterly 15, No. 3 (July 2001): 193-217

25 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2011 Last revised: 27 Mar 2024

Date Written: 2022

Abstract

This paper contrasts five contemporary political philosophies – neutralism, postmodernism, pluralism, anarchism, and patriotism – and argues that the latter is superior. This is because of how patriotism relates to the various political ideologies, including liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism, feminism, and so on. A new, patriotic conception of the political spectrum is then advanced, one based on how people should respond to conflict: those on the left would have us do so with conversation; those in the centre with negotiation; and those on the right with force.

This is a new version of the paper originally published in Public Affairs Quarterly 15, no. 3 (July 2001): 193–217; and as chapter 1 of my Patriotic Elaborations: Essays in Practical Philosophy (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).

Keywords: political philosophies, political ideologies, political spectrum

Suggested Citation

Blattberg, Charles, Political Philosophies and Political Ideologies (2022). A new version of the paper published as chapter 1 of Patriotic Elaborations: Essays in Practical Philosophy, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009., Public Affairs Quarterly 15, No. 3 (July 2001): 193-217, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1755117

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