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Rousseau’s and nationalism
Mads Qvortrup

is needed to acquire that societal unity, patriotism and those civic virtues which are necessary for the maintenance of a healthy society, is not a metaphysical creed but a civic ‘cult with love of laws’, which teaches the citizens ‘that service done to the State is service done to a tutular god (III, 465). The alternative to Machiavelli’s religious cult is secular version of the same, that is, a ‘purely civic profession of faith of which the sovereign should fix articles, not exactly as religious dogmas, but as social sentiments without which man cannot be a good

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau