Conceptual Reality: National Identity as Part of Ethical History


This paper explores the concept of national identity as ‘acceptable reality’ from three different perspectives: the individual, the society as a whole, and the international community. The national identity and the process of its formation have been a hot topic in various areas of social sciences for many years. However, most of academic research on national identity usually employs atomistic perspective of a nation-territory-sovereignty axis imposed by a long lasting dominance of rationalist theories. In the quest to define what is identity of a nation and how it has been developed, the nation itself was omitted in all its complexity and taken as a self-explanatory notion. The process of admission of a nation in the pantheon of ethical sovereigns precedes the process of conceptualization and historical foundation of national identity. Thus, who, why and how is accepting and being accepted, rather than what is the identity of a nation. The case study of several European countries confirms the main assumption of this study, stating that national identity is recognized as such only as part of ethical history, which again determines the scope and concept of the nation itself. Accordingly, this implies that national identity does not exist independently of the process of its ethicization.

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Mirko Tasic, Webster University, Thailand

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Conference: ACERP2019
Stream: Ethics - Ethics and Globalization

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