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Patriotism Paperback – Apr 30 2018
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"Jones and Vernon’s Patriotism is simply the best available introduction to the tangled questions about citizenship and belonging that roil contemporary political theory. They write with unfailing grace and clarity, their command of the relevant scholarship is peerless, and they are scrupulously fair to rival viewpoints. They deserve a very wide readership."
Eamonn Callan, Stanford University
"In this timely work Charles Jones and Richard Vernon comprehensively examine the idea of patriotism, the different forms it might take, and how it might relate to other important concepts including nationalism and cosmopolitanism. This is a rich and accessible introduction to an important idea playing a key role in current political discourse."
Gillian Brock, University of Auckland
"This book is a subtle and elegant discussion of the nature of patriotism, which manages to survey a vast literature without pedantry, while lucidly and persuasively defending a particular conception of love of country."
K. Anthony Appiah, New York University
About the Author
Charles Jones is Associate Professor of Political Science at Western University, Canada
Richard Vernon is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Western University, Canada
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The main point for me is that this book really feels aimed at college philosophy, or political science, students as part of their coursework. With many references to philosophers from Socrates to Kant to those of the present-day, this felt more like a scholarly analysis of the nature of patriotism than an engaging tome for the general reader. Consequently, for me, the layman, the general reader interested in a broader review of patriotism than arguments about football players kneeling during the National Anthem, I had a somewhat difficult time following a number of the arguments and analyses laid out in this brief book. However, spending time with it did force me to think about some of the concepts laid out here.
I'm beginning to ask people the following rhetorical question inspired by this book: If there were two people trapped in a burning building and you could only save one of them, who would it be? Imagine you know one of them is a native of your country, and the other is a foreigner. So far, interesting discussions have cropped up. And nobody has taken a knee!
If you are doing a deep-dive into the the history, philosophy, and theory of patriotism as part of a graduate thesis or undergraduate term paper, maybe consider picking up this book... but if you are a casual reader who is just curious about the origins and effects of patriotism I'm not sure you'll really enjoy it. I found it a little too dense for casual reading.