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Unformatted text preview: Tamir calls the nationalist ground project, can be a very
serious threat to liberal morality, because according to Bernard Williams, there is nothing
unreasonable in a person overstepping the bounds of impartial liberal morality when it comes
into conflict with the rules of this morality, and nationalist ground project almost by definition
in conflict with them. Since Tamir builds her whole account on Williams’ concept of ground
project, she is bound to accept this consequence too. 50 Second, I have shown that the nationalist ground project which is adopted on the bases
of nationalist imagery is either based on false beliefs about the nature of the liberal state,
which are implicit in these images, or it is based on an irrational motivation which prevents
the person from acting on the base of the perceived causal relationship (or a lack thereof)
between the end of this ground project, and the means of attaining it. I have also shown that
nationalist imagery is not of an indeterminate truth value. It denotes a community of a certain
kind, and the liberal state is not that kind of community, and therein lies its falsity. In other
words, to answer the question from the WWI poster, “this” may very well be worth fighting
for, but “this” is not the state.
All this leads to the conclusion that liberal states may not use nationalist imagery as a
legitimate way to deal with their otherwise legitimate need for self-defense. This conclusion is
not revolutionary, and it certainly does not represent a significant step forward in search for a
sustainable liberal model of defense. However, it does tell us where not to look for this model, CEU eTD Collection and that, I believe, may still be a certain, modest contribution to finding a solution. 51 BIBLIOGRAPHY
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