Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Constitutional patriotism (Verfassungspatriotis mus) is a term developed by the contemporary German philosopher and social theorist Jürgen Habermas (1929–). The component parts of the term, constitution and patriotism , have their own meanings and were in widespread use long before Habermas combined the two. Constitution generally refers to the system or body of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, or body politic is constituted and governed. Patriotism generally refers to a devotion or love for one's country. Constitutional patriotism would then be a sort of love or devotion to the constitution of a community. The term constitutional patriotism is a sort of conceptual innovation that should be grasped in relation to other historical forms of patriotism (ethnic, cultural, national, etc.). Habermas developed the concept of constitutional patriotism to address various dilemmas in contemporary political theory; as such, it is best understood and assessed in the context of Constitutional ...