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»Verfassungspatriotismus« schon 1761/65 ?!

Back to issue: Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte. Band 57
DOI: 10.28937/9783787336678_12
EUR 16.90

In 1970 Dolf Sternberger created the notion of »constitutional patriotism« to signify a certain German patriotism as engagement for democracy and rightin a country separated in two parts. Jürgen Habermas accepted the notion in order to acknowledge the liberal institutions of post-war Germany andits realization of universal principals of right. But the concept has a certain parallel in the discussion between Th. Abbt and F. C. von Moser in the years 1761 to 1765 when the unity of the German Empire was endangered and patriotism could only mean the pleading for a legal order beyond political absolutism.