Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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  • Mitja SardočEmail author
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Both historically and conceptually, patriotism is one of the foundational characteristics that defines the very essence of one’s attachment, identification, and loyalty to a political community and a basic virtue associated with citizenship as a political conception of the person. Despite its centrality in the pantheon of political ideals, patriotism remains a contested concept and an elusive virtue as well as a source of potential conflicts and violence. Despite a simplistic depiction of patriotism as “love of country” [amor patriae], this definition is anything but clear and unproblematic. In fact, throughout history, the very status of patriotism has been characterized by considerable ambivalence. On the one hand, its advocates described patriotism as the highest form of political sentiment. For example, the Roman poet Horace emphasizes, “it is sweet and honorable to die for one’s country” [Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori]. On the other hand, its critics defined...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Research InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Faculty of the Social SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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  • Mitja Sardoč
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  1. 1.Educational Research InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia