Aristotelian Eudaimonism and Patriotism
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This paper concerns the prospects for an internal validation of the Aristotelian vir-tues of character. With respect to the more contentious trait of patriotism, this approach for validating some specific trait of character as a virtue of character provides a plau-sible and nuanced Aristotelian position that does not fall neatly into any of the catego-ries provided by a recent mapping of the terrain surrounding the issue of patriotism. According to the approach advocated here, patriotism can plausibly, though qualifiedly, be defended as a virtue, by stressing its similarities to another loyalty-exhibiting trait about which Aristotle has quite a bit to say: the virtue of friendship.
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