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Boundaries and Justice Diverse Ethical Perspectives by David Leslie Miller
  

Boundaries and Justice Diverse Ethical Perspectives

Part of the Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series

Synopsis

Boundaries and Justice Diverse Ethical Perspectives by David Leslie Miller

Despite the supreme political and economic significance of boundaries--and ongoing challenges to existing national boundaries--scant attention has been paid to their ethics. This volume explores how diverse ethical traditions understand the political and property rights reflected in territorial and jurisdictional boundaries. It is the first book to bring together thinkers from a range of traditions, both religious and secular, to discuss the ethics of boundaries. Each contributor represents a tradition's views on questions surrounding the use of boundaries to delimit property and political rights. What does it mean to own something? What resources should not be privately owned? What justifies the erection of political boundaries between one people and another? How hard should such boundaries be? What rights extend to minorities within a state? Should territorial boundaries coincide with social ones? Does national autonomy have an ethical basis, or is it an aspect of modern power politics? Should we aim for a more inclusive community than that afforded by modern nation-states? Cross-chapter dialogue and a substantive conclusion draw out similarities and differences among the traditions represented, traditions that include Christianity, classical liberalism, Confucianism, international law, Islam, Judaism, liberal egalitarianism, and natural law. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Nigel Biggar, Joseph Boyle, Joseph Chan, Russell Hardin, Will Kymlicka, Loren Lomasky, Robert McCorquodale, Richard B. Miller, David Novak, Sulayman Nyang, Michael Nylan, Raul C. Pangalangan, Daniel Philpott, Jeremy Rabkin, Hillel Steiner, M. Raquibuz Zaman, and Noam J. Zohar.

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[This] collection of essays is very rich in ideas and in implications. It explores a vital set of questions and ethical concepts. The book leaves me wanting more such volumes that explore the boundaries of justice from varied ethical perspectives. --Dana W. Wilbanks, Journal of the American Academy of Religion


About the Author

David Miller is Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He is the author of On Nationality. Principles of Social Justice, and Citizenship and National Identity. Sohail H. Hashmi is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and the editor of State Sovereignty.

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Publication date

1st October 2001

Author

David Leslie Miller

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Publisher

Princeton University Press

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Ethics & moral philosophy
Political science & theory

ISBN

9780691088006

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