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Patriotic Elaborations: Essays in Practical Philosophy

In Patriotic Elaborations, Charles Blattberg discusses, among other things, how to reconceive the political spectrum, where “deliberative democrats” go wrong, why human rights language is tragically counterproductive, how nationalism is not really secular, how many nations should share a single state, a new approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and why Canada might have something to teach about the “war on terror.” We also learn about the right way to deny a role to principles in ethics, how to distinguish between the good and the beautiful, the way humour works, the rabbinic nature of modernism, the difference between good, bad, great, and evil, why Plato’s dialogues are not really dialogues, and why most philosophers are actually artists instead of philosophers.

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