Nationalism is the most vital challenge of this political moment. From President Trump’s election on the basis of his “America First” platform to the British people’s vote to withdraw from the European Union, to debates about immigration and migration throughout the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and North America, the questions of borders, political limits, and sovereign independence are the defining questions of our age. In his stirring new book, The Virtue of Nationalism, president of the Herzl Institute and Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony argues that a world governed by independent nations is a positive good and worth defending.
In the course of his argument, Hazony recovers an older meaning of political conservatism, one based not on Enlightenment doctrines of the social contract or modern rationalism, but inspired by the ideas of the Hebrew Bible. That older conservative tradition is the political philosophy that comes to life not in empire or global government, but in free, self-governing nations.
Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar and political theorist. He is President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, and the founder and former head of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, a research institute that conducted nearly two decades of pioneering work in the fields of philosophy, political theory, Bible, Talmud, Jewish and Zionist history, Middle East Studies and archaeology. He is also the Director of the John Templeton Foundation‘s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.
Dr. Hazony researches and writes in the fields of philosophy and theology, political theory and intellectual history. Previous books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012); God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (Basic Books, 2000). His articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary and the New Republic, among others. His next book, book The Virtue of Nationalism, will be out with Basic Books in September 2018.
He obtained his doctorate in Political Theory at Rutgers University, and was the first editor of Princeton’s conservative undergraduate student journal. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Yael Hazony. They have nine children.