Context, Continuity and Fairness
in Robert McKim and Jeff McMahan (eds.) The Morality of Nationalism (New York: Oxford), pp. 209-226, 1997
10 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: 1997
Defenders of nationalism have claimed at least three advantages to cultural membership. The first two are goods for individuals. First, membership in a secure culture provides a sufficiently familiar moral space within which people can develop a rich and varied range of conceptions of the good. Second, it offers support for or confirmation of certain views of the good by placing them in a larger history. The third advantage is a good for societies: cultural membership is sometimes said to make justice possible by making citizens see the sacrifices demanded by a state as expressions of who they are rather than arbitrary burdens.
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