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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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Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients

Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients

(p.63) 3 Patriotism and the Politics of the Ancients
For Love of Country

Maurizio Viroli (Contributor Webpage)

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Explores the contrast between the ‘politics of the moderns’ and the ‘politics of the ancients’ in eighteenth century republican thought. Montesquieu and Rousseau are two great thinkers who attempted to revive ancient patriotism within a modern context. The question for both was how to make modern patriotism compatible with individuals’ private interests, given that modern men are incapable of the ancients’ heroic self‐sacrifice for their country.

Keywords:   ancients, moderns, Montesquieu, patriotism, politics, private interest, republicanism, Rousseau, self‐sacrifice

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