Dilemmas of Loyalty: Lesson 2

Is Patriotism a virtue?

“Do citizens have obligations to one another that go beyond the duties they have to other people in the world? And if they do, can these obligations be accounted for on the basis of consent alone” (228)?

A communitarian uses the 3rd category of obligation that doesn’t use consent at all. Obligations of solidarity are particular, yet don’t require actual consent.

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A flawed argument of limiting immigration raises the fear of protecting privileges of affluent nations.

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An argument that begs the question raises the issue of jobs being taken away from low-skilled workers.

“Why should we protect our own most vulnerable workers if it means denying job opportunities to people form Mexico who are even less well-off” (232)?

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Is Solidarity a prejudice for our own kind?

Sandel says that solidarity points outward to people who were wronged in the past my own’s community or nation.

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Can Loyalty override universal moral principles?

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Justice and the Good Life

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Freedom is downplayed if the narrative account of personhood is established. What’s also at stake is justice.

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