On Nationality

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byDavid Miller

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Nationalism is a dominating force in contemporary politics, but political philosophers have been markedly reluctant to discuss, let alone endorse, nationalist ideas. David Miller here defends the principle of nationality. He argues that national identities are valid sources of personal identity; that we are justified in recognizing special obligations to our co-nationals; that nations have good grounds for wanting to be politically self-determining; but thatrecognizing the claims of nationality does not entail suppressing other sources of personal identity, such as ethnicity. Finally, he considers the claim that national identities are dissolving in the late twentieth century. This timely and provocative study offers the most compelling defence to date of nationality from a radical perspective.

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Sociologist David Miller defends the principle of nationality, arguing that national identities are valid sources of personal identity but that recognizing the claims of nationality does not entail suppressing other sources of personal identity, such as ethnicity. This timely and provocative book offers the most compelling defense to d...

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Nationalism is a dominating force in contemporary politics, but political philosophers have been markedly reluctant to discuss, let alone endorse, nationalist ideas. David Miller here defends the principle of nationality. He argues that national identities are valid sources of personal identity; that we are justified in recognizing sp...

David Miller is at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Introduction2. National Identity3. The Ethics of Nationality4. National Self-Determination5. Nationality and Cultural Pluralism6. Nationality in Decline?7. Conclusion

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Sociologist David Miller defends the principle of nationality, arguing that national identities are valid sources of personal identity but that recognizing the claims of nationality does not entail suppressing other sources of personal identity, such as ethnicity. This timely and provocative book offers the most compelling defense to date of nationality from a radical perspective

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`a forcible philosophical analysis of the concept of nationality and the ethical problems it unleashes'The Sunday Times