A Political Theory of Territory by Margaret Moore

By Margaret Moore

Our international is presently divided into territorial states that withstand all makes an attempt to alter their borders. yet what entitles a kingdom, or the folks it represents, to imagine monopoly keep watch over over a selected piece of the Earth's floor? Why are they allowed to avoid others from coming into? What if or extra states, or or extra teams of individuals, declare an identical piece of land?

Political philosophy, which has had very much to claim in regards to the dating among country and citizen, has principally neglected those questions about territory. This booklet presents solutions. It justifies the assumption of territory itself when it comes to the ethical worth of political self-determination; it additionally justifies, inside of limits, these components that we usually go along with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over assets, correct to manage borders etc. The publication bargains normative assistance over a few vital concerns dealing with us this present day, all of which contain territory and territorial rights, yet that are at the moment handled through advert hoc reasoning: disputes over assets; disputes over barriers, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in old injustices with reference to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In a global within which there's endured strain on borders and keep watch over over assets, from potential migrants and from the determined terrible, and no coherent idea of territory to imagine via those difficulties, this booklet bargains an unique, systematic, and complex thought of why territory concerns, who has rights over territory, and the scope and bounds of those rights.

"This is a well-written, well-argued publication on a very very important and until eventually lately overlooked subject. Moore is impressively a professional of the entire proper philosophical literature and does an exceptional task usually of distinguishing her view from these of others akin 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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I owe to Seth Lazar’s paper an interest in Grotius’s ideas of territory and property and the transition from this to democratic or self-determination ideas. 2 4. Hugo Grotius, ‘On the Acquisition of Territory and Property by Rights of Conquest’, The Rights of War and Peace, Including the Law of Nature and of Nations (New York: Cosimo Classics, [1625] 2007), bk III, chap. VI, para. ii, 335. 25. Grotius, Rights of War and Peace, bk III, chap. VI, paras iii and iv, 336. 2 6. Grotius, Rights of War and Peace, bk III, chap.

Although, occasionally, I do rely on intuitive understandings of which rights are more important (especially if they protect interests that are widely agreed to be amongst the most fundamental), I do not think that progress W h a t I s Te r r i t o r y? 33 in political theory requires a full account of human well-being which would enable us to assess trade-offs along a single metric. Just because a particular interest is morally more important than another interest does not mean that it has lexical priority in any particular rights conflict.

30 A Political Theory of Territory If moral rights are to be action-guiding, as I think they must, they must be feasible, and the term ‘feasible’ is typically used in at least two different senses. One is a binary understanding: a principle is feasible if it is not impossible—that is, if the principle is logically consistent, not in violation of laws of nature, compatible with resource limits, and so on. But there is another sense of the word ‘feasible’ which means that it is quite likely to be agreed to or implemented.

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