The encroachment of globalization and demands for greater regional autonomy have had a profound effect on the way we picture Ireland. This challenging new look at the key of sovereignty asks us how we should think about the identity of a postnationalist' Ireland. Richard Kearney goes to the heart of the conflict over demand for communal identity - traditionally expressed by nationalism, and the demand for a universal model of citizenship - traditionally expressed by republicanism. In so doing, he asks us to question whether the sacrosanct concept of absolute national sovereignty is becoming a luxury ill afforded in the emerging new Europe. Kearney then takes us beyond the political with chapters on the influence of philosophers such as George Berkeley, John Toland and John Tyndall and looks at some of the myths in Irish poetry and nationhood. Postnationalist Ireland provides a recasting of contemporary Irish politics, culture, literature and philosophy and will appeal to students of these subjects and Irish studies in general.

chapter |10 pages


Beyond the nation-state

part |2 pages

Part I Politics

chapter |8 pages

Beyond sovereignty

chapter |11 pages

Ideas of a republic

chapter |14 pages

Genealogy of the republic

chapter |21 pages

Rethinking Ireland

part |2 pages

Part II Culture

chapter |7 pages

The fifth province

Between the local and the global

chapter |11 pages

Myths of motherland

part |2 pages

Part III Philosophy

chapter |10 pages

George Berkeley

We Irish think otherwise

chapter |10 pages

10John Toland

An Irish Philosopher?