Feasibility and stability in normative political philosophy: The case of liberal nationalism [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (4):399-416 (2006)
Arguments from stability for liberal nationalism rely on considerations about conditions for the feasibility or stability of liberal political ideals and factual claims about the circumstances under which these conditions are fulfilled in order to argue for nationalist conclusions. Such reliance on factual claims has been criticised by among others G. A. Cohen in other contexts as ideological reifications of social reality. In order to assess whether arguments from stability within liberal nationalism, especially as formulated by David Miller, are vulnerable to a comparable critique, the rationale for their reliance on factual claims is discussed on the basis of a number of concerns in John Rawls’s political liberalism. The concern with stability in liberal nationalism differs from stability in Rawls’s work, mainly because of the stronger non-ideal or ‘realist’ focus of the former. In so far as the ‘realism’ of arguments from stability for liberal nationalism is recognized, they are not vulnerable to the reification charge. But if the arguments are construed as realist, this at the same time makes for other tensions within liberal nationalism
|Keywords||feasibility liberal nationalism David Miller John Rawls realism reification stability|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Rawls (2001). Justice as Fairness: A Restatement. Harvard University Press.
Will Kymlicka (2002). Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Allen E. Buchanan (2004). Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law. Oxford University Press.
David Miller (2001). On Nationality. Mind 110 (438):512-516.
Simon Caney (2005). Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ronald Tinnevelt Helder de Schutter (2009). Is Liberal Nationalism Incompatible with Global Democracy? Metaphilosophy 40 (1):109-130.
Robert B. Talisse (2003). Rawls on Pluralism and Stability. Critical Review 15 (1-2):173-194.
Sanford Levinson (1995). Is Liberal Nationalism an Oxymoron? An Essay for Judith Shklar:Liberal Nationalism. Yael Tamir. Ethics 105 (3):626-.
Simon Cushing (2002). Liberal Nationalism, Culture, and Justice. Social Philosophy Today 18:151-165.
Idil Boran (2001). Contra Moore: The Dependency of Identity on Culture. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 4 (2):26-44.
Arash Abizadeh (2004). Historical Truth, National Myths and Liberal Democracy: On the Coherence of Liberal Nationalism. Journal of Political Philosophy 12 (3):291–313.
Craig L. Carr (2010). Liberalism and Pluralism: The Politics of E Pluribus Unum. Palgrave Macmillan.
Arash Abizadeh (2004). Liberal Nationalist Versus Postnational Social Integration: On the Nation's Ethno-Cultural Particularity and ‘Concreteness’. Nations and Nationalism 10 (3):231-250.
Kok-Chor Tan (2002). Liberal Nationalism and Cosmopolitan Justice. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 5 (4):431-461.
Kai Nielsen (2003). Toward a Liberal Socialist Cosmopolitan Nationalism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 11 (4):437 – 463.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads40 ( #102,075 of 1,796,189 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #208,919 of 1,796,189 )
How can I increase my downloads?