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By Yael Tamir

I think obliged end result of the less-than-illuminating client experiences to assert whatever approximately this glorious ebook. First, there aren't that many "big words"--but her dialogue of nationalism and/in the liberal welfare country *is* pitched at a tutorial point (this is, in the end, an educational book), partly simply because what she desires to say attracts on many different theorists (like Rawls so much memorably, as while she argues that Rawls' rules of justice [esp. distributive justice] can't be justified with out underlying nationalist emotions of togetherness). it really is truly really a brief learn (the publication isn't long), and extremely informative. Tamir argues that nationalist sentiments can animate our commitments to social justice [she even makes a shocking and compelling case that they already DO in glossy liberal welfare states in her bankruptcy "A Hidden Agenda"]--and i love the way in which she argues that this doesn't cease at country borders. She provides the instance of Jews in Israel supporting Jews in Ethiopia. this instance permits her to say that "recognizing the binding strength of associative tasks [which she claims include nationalism] raises instead of lessens the scope of our responsibilities to assist others" (100). i do not believe this book--mainly simply because i don't ponder myself a member of any specific country, and but, as a member of the wealthiest countryside on this planet, I see myself as having a powerful ethical legal responsibility to give a contribution a part of the cash I make to poorer humans of different international locations. yet Tamir makes a truly robust case on the contrary.

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The definition of individuals as social beings does not seem to evoke strong controversy. The conflict between liberals and nationalists lies elsewhere, and concerns the process whereby individuals acquire membership in particular social groups, and the links between these memberships and personal identity. Most contemporary liberals, such as Rawls, Dworkin, Raz, and Ackerman, do not ignore the fact that affections, loyalties, and social ties are constitutive factors of individual identity. Indeed, the situated nature of individuals, their attachment to particular communities, and the way in which such attachments influence their decisionmaking, motivated Rawls to seek a thin overlapping consensus rather than a thick moral and cultural understanding.

3. The participants—members of the particular cultural group The potential users—those who may choose to assimilate in a particular culture, or may learn from it, borrow its norms and values, imitate its rituals, and use it as a trigger for reflecting on their own All others—nonmembers who do not view the culture as an option for assimilation, for whom the existence of any culture enriches their own experience of what it means to be human Preserving the plurality of cultures is thus a valuable resource to all human beings.

There is, however, something misleading in this presentation: Although X could be replaced by any number of variants—in our case, different national groups—this does not imply that one could be none of these, meaning that one could be totally dissociated from any cultural national reference and remain human. Membership in a national culture is part of the essence of being human. The fact that individuals can define themselves as “Greek,” “American,” or “Greek-American” does not mean that these memberships are of incidental importance to them.

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