Constitutional patriotism in Jürgen Habermas`s political thought

Menent, Melis (2018) Constitutional patriotism in Jürgen Habermas`s political thought. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

Constitutional patriotism is a term introduced but not developed by Jürgen Habermas.
Muller’s approach to Constitutional Patriotism has brought more substance into it. This
thesis is a journey through Habermasian scholarship, primarily, for finding pieces of
constitutional patriotism. The scope of this is not limited to jurisprudence or sociology
alone but it is interdisciplinary in nature. Constitutional patriotism was an idea put forward
by Jürgen Habermas in the aftermath of the Second World War. I have a reconstructive
approach to the emergence of CP in the first few chapters of my thesis. I lay down the
intellectual and political context which gave rise to it. I will maintain that it is not only the
immediacy of the German political context which gave rise to the emergence of the term
Constitutional Patriotism. Constitutional Patriotism also stands on different aspects of his
political philosophy. Philosophical and sociological aspects of Habermas`s work have
different dimensions which could be interpreted into CP. His direct references to the term
CP are very rare. This thesis aims to bring together the different meanings underlying his
philosophy. I maintain that seemingly different concepts of his philosophy can, and ought
to be read constructively with a view to a holistic umbrella term which I bring under CP. In
this thesis, these concepts are identity, Europe, human rights, cosmopolitanism, the self
and democracy. Constitutional patriotism, which I seek to construct here, is a new idea of
attachment. It is based on existing forms of political and social attachment. In this respect,
it is ‘post’-national. Identity, in Constitutional Patriotism, is a form of attachment. It’s a
relationship with your own self and with others. It accepts that the individual and the
collective are closely linked while investigating the political and social dimension of these
relationships. It seeks to increase the critical thinking capacity. This process paves the way
for the realisation of abstract political and legal ideals such as human rights and
democracy. Each chapter of this thesis follows the former and opens up the space for
discussion for the latter. I hope that each reader will find a small piece of herself in it.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B3258.H32 Habermas, Jürgen
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 09:17
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2018 09:17
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79083

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