Context, Continuity and Fairness

in Robert McKim and Jeff McMahan (eds.) The Morality of Nationalism (New York: Oxford), pp. 209-226, 1997

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Arthur Ripstein

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Ripstein, Arthur, Context, Continuity and Fairness (1997). in Robert McKim and Jeff McMahan (eds.) The Morality of Nationalism (New York: Oxford), pp. 209-226, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045759

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