Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 669–674 | Cite as

Review of Patriotic Education in a Global Age by Randall Curren and Charles Dorn

  • Natalia RogachEmail author

By articulating a new conception of virtuous patriotism and by emphasizing the importance of civic virtues, such as civic intelligence and civic friendship, for human flourishing, Curren and Dorn make an important new contribution to our understanding of the nature and the promise of education for virtuous civic engagement.

In Part I, I explore what I think is particularly compelling about their vision of patriotic education: their respect for diversity and dissent, their appreciation of the value of autonomy, creativity, and critical thinking, as well as their psychologically-informed understanding of the way in which developing and exercising civic virtues might fulfill deep-seated human needs and contribute to human flourishing.

In part II, I raise some further questions inspired by their argument. My questions all have to do with exploring how Curren and Dorn’s compelling vision of patriotic education might be realized in practice. First, one might worry that the wider...



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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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