Nationalism is a dominating force in contemporary politics, but political philosophers have been markedly reluctant to discuss, let alone endorse, nationalist ideas. In this book, David Miller defends the principle of nationality, arguing 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 that recognizing 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 book offers the most compelling defense to date of nationality from a radical perspective.
`thought provoking ... On Nationality deals with a host of morally urgent problems in an integrated and accessible manner. No better statement of nationalism exists within contemporary political philosophy.'
`David Miller's book is the most important contribution yet to the growing recent literature on the philosophy of nationalism. It is unfailingly lucid, well argued and, most important controversial. There would be something very wrong with it if it were not. For in this area philosophical analysis and political advocacy are inextricably linked.'
Journal of Applied Philosophy
`A lucid, unpretentious and level-headed attempt to explore and defend nationality and nationalism ... It is the most detailed, probing and sensitive of a sudden outpouring of works in a similar vein.'
Nations and Nationalism
`a forcible philosophical analysis of the concept of nationality and the ethical problems it unleashes'
The Sunday Times
2: National Identity
3: The Ethics of Nationality
4: National Self-Determination
5: Nationality and Cultural Pluralism
6: Nationality in Decline?
Series: Oxford Political Theory (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.7
Weight (kg): 0.37