Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, Cosmopolitanism

Northwestern University Press (2011)
"Hegel on Political Identity" draws on Hegel's political philosophy to engage sometimes contentious contemporary issues such as patriotism, national identity, and cosmopolitanism. I argue that patriotism for Hegel indicates an attitude toward the state, whereas national identity is a response to culture. The two combine, Hegel claims, to enable citizens to develop concrete freedom. I claim that Hegel's account of political identity extends to his notorious theory of world history; I also propose that his resistance to cosmopolitanism be reassessed in response to our globalized world. By focusing on Hegel's depiction of political identity as a central part of modern life, I assess the potential of Hegel's philosophy to address issues that lie at the heart of ethical and political philosophy.
Keywords Political science Philosophy  Hegel  Identity (Psychology)  Nationalism Moral and ethical aspects  patriotism  nationality  cosmopolitanism
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