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In Our NameThe Ethics of Democracy$
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Eric Beerbohm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154619

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154619.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.278) Conclusion
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In Our Name
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Eric Beerbohm

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154619.003.0012

This book concludes by considering the slogan that the democratic state acts in the name of citizens, arguing that there is a downside of this “naming.” It critiques this claim in relation to the negative space of injustice and the sanguine potential of democratic citizenship. It also examines the upside of living under a democratic state that credibly acts on citizens' behalf, along with the preliminary ingredients for an account of democratic patriotism. Finally, it discusses the idea of pride in the actions of one's country/representatives and compares it with two approaches to patriotism: the first treats the attitude as crudely associative and the second identifies patriotism as an attitude not directed at one's state or fellow citizens but as a pro-attitude toward a set of abstract principles.

Keywords:   democratic state, citizens, injustice, citizenship, patriotism, pride

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