Historical Truth, National Myths and Liberal Democracy: On the Coherence of Liberal Nationalism*

@article{Abizadeh2004HistoricalTN,
  title={Historical Truth, National Myths and Liberal Democracy: On the Coherence of Liberal Nationalism*},
  author={A. Abizadeh},
  journal={Journal of Political Philosophy},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={291-313}
}
  • A. Abizadeh
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Political Philosophy
WHEN, in his famous 1882 lecture “Qu’est ce qu’une nation?”, Ernest Renan claimed that national identity constitutively depends upon a selective and even distorted memory of past events, he was not casting ethical aspersions on nationalism. Rather he was simply making a functionalist observation about the viability of large-scale national identities. But if Renan’s observation is valid—as is widely acknowledged today by both critics and partisans of the nation—then it does raise a normative… Expand
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