Political Theory

Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism, and Liberty


The colloquium addressed crucial and perennial issues at stake in recent controversies regarding individual liberty, the national sentiment, and cosmopolitan principles—namely the tension between collective political identities and the respect for individual liberty—recently at the forefront of political debate and electoral disputes in Europe and in the United States.


Conference Readings

Cohen, Joshua, eds. For Love of Country? Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.

Manent, Pierre. Democracy without Nations? The Fate of Self-Government in Europe. Translated by Paul Seaton. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2007, 2013.

Manent, Pierre. Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Bénédicte Delorme. Translated by Ralph C. Hancock. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2010, 2015.

Mises, Ludwig von. Nation, State, and Economy: Contributions to the Politics and History of Our Time. Edited by Bettina Bien Greaves. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2007.

Moore, Margaret. The Ethics of Nationalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Scruton, Roger. A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2014, 2007.

Scruton, Roger. England: An Elegy. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2006.

Viroli, Maurizio. “On Civil Republicanism: Reply to Xenos and Yack.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 187-196.

Wimmer, Andreas. Nationalist Exclusion and Ethnic Conflict: Shadows of Modernity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Yack, Bernard. “Can Patriotism Save Us from Nationalism? Rejoinder to Viroli.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 203-206.

Yack, Bernard, "The Myth of the Civic Nation." in Theorizing Nationalism, Edited by Ronald Beiner, 103-118. Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.