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For Love of CountryAn Essay On Patriotism and Nationalism$
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Maurizio Viroli

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293585.001.0001

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The Legacy of Republican Patriotism

The Legacy of Republican Patriotism

(p.18) 1 The Legacy of Republican Patriotism
For Love of Country

Maurizio Viroli (Contributor Webpage)

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Surveys the conception of republican patriotism from Classical Greece and Rome to the civic humanism of the fifteenth century Italian city‐republics. In the classical Roman tradition, the love of the patria was a sense of compassion as overcoming private selfishness to respect the common good. Later, medieval thinkers like Aquinas and Ptolemy of Lucca combined patriotism with the theological virtue of charity. For Machiavelli, who admired Roman republicanism, patriotism is the source of honour and glory for the citizens, as well as of law and order, which maintains the liberty of the people.

Keywords:   Aquinas, charity, citizens, common good, compassion, liberty, Machiavelli, patria, republicanism, Rome

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