New PDF release: A Political Theory of Territory

By Margaret Moore

ISBN-10: 0190222247

ISBN-13: 9780190222246

Our global is presently divided into territorial states that face up to all makes an attempt to alter their borders. yet what entitles a country, or the folk it represents, to imagine monopoly keep watch over over a specific piece of the Earth's floor? Why are they allowed to avoid others from getting into? What if or extra states, or or extra teams of individuals, declare a similar piece of land?

Political philosophy, which has had very much to assert in regards to the courting among country and citizen, has mostly neglected those questions about territory. This booklet offers solutions. It justifies the belief of territory itself by way of the ethical worth of political self-determination; it additionally justifies, inside limits, these components that we ordinarily go together with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over assets, correct to manage borders etc. The publication deals normative counsel over a couple of vital concerns dealing with us at the present time, all of which contain territory and territorial rights, yet that are presently handled by means of advert hoc reasoning: disputes over assets; disputes over limitations, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in historic injustices in regards to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In an international within which there's persisted strain on borders and regulate over assets, from potential migrants and from the determined bad, and no coherent thought of territory to imagine via those difficulties, this booklet bargains an unique, systematic, and complicated idea of why territory concerns, who has rights over territory, and the scope and boundaries of those rights.

"This is a well-written, well-argued e-book on an awfully vital and until eventually lately overlooked subject. Moore is impressively a professional of all of the correct philosophical literature and does a great task usually of distinguishing her view from these of others similar to Miller, Waldron, Kolers, Meisels, and 9. Moore succeeds in staking out a brand new, but very believable position-one that avoids the deficiencies of rival theories."-Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor, Duke collage

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Two Treatises, 291. 8. Locke, ‘Second Treatise’, bk II, chap. VIII, para. , Two Treatises, 348. 9. Simmons, ‘On the Territorial Rights of States’, 313. 10. Simmons, ‘On the Territorial Rights of States’, 313. 11. See here Christopher Bertram, ‘Property in the Moral Life of Human Beings’, Social Philosophy & Policy, vol. 30, nos. 1–2 (2013), 404–424. 12. This seems to underlie Burke Hendrix’s attempt to draw on Nozick’s Lockean property argument to justify indigenous claims to land. Hendrix offers a very good detailed argument that moral rights themselves are not implausible—and he includes prohibitions against killing, maiming, or otherwise damaging someone’s physical body as among the most obvious natural rights that people have—and then goes on to suggest that natural property rights can be similarly defended as a way of respecting persons fully and ensuring natural liberty.

The main link was between the sovereign and his/her territory, conceived of as a kind of property, and no integral relationship was established between the people and political authority or people and territory. Not only were territorial jurisdictions subject to dynastic alliances and marriages, they were also considered part of the ‘spoils’ of war. For example, the European powers sometimes exchanged North American lands as part of peace settlements for wars fought in Europe, without regard for the wishes of the people living on the land.

For example, the European powers sometimes exchanged North American lands as part of peace settlements for wars fought in Europe, without regard for the wishes of the people living on the land. This conception was mirrored also in an older understanding of just-war theory. While modern just- (or justified-) war theory emphasizes that warfare can enforce entitlements, it also specifies that there can be no new rights through war. 23 Grotius’s account, however, is typical of W h a t I s Te r r i t o r y?

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