Dialogue and Universalism 25 (2):68-78 (2015)

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Noell Birondo
University of Texas at El Paso
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This paper concerns the prospects for an internal validation of the Aristotelian virtues of character. With respect to the more contentious trait of patriotism, this approach for validating some specific trait of character as a virtue of character provides a plausible and nuanced Aristotelian position that does not fall neatly into any of the categories provided by a recent mapping of the terrain surrounding the issue of patriotism. According to the approach advocated here, patriotism can plausibly, though qualifiedly, be defended as a virtue, by stressing its similarities to another loyalty-exhibiting trait about which Aristotle has quite a bit to say: the virtue of friendship.
Keywords Aristotle  patriotism  friendship  eudaimonism  internal validation  Alasdair MacIntyre  Marcia Baron  virtue
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ISBN(s) 1234-5792
DOI 10.5840/du201525240
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