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Boundaries and Justice : Diverse Ethical Perspectives - David Leslie Miller

Boundaries and Justice

Diverse Ethical Perspectives

By: David Leslie Miller (Editor), Sohail H. Hashmi (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st October 2001
ISBN: 9780691088006
Number Of Pages: 367

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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.

"[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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Christian Attitudes toward Boundaries: Metaphysical and Geographicalp. 15
The Value of Limited Loyalty: Christianity, the Nation, and Territorial Boundariesp. 38
Toward a Liberal Theory of National Boundariesp. 55
Hard Borders, Compensation, and Classical Liberalismp. 79
Territorial Boundaries and Confucianismp. 89
Boundaries of the Body and Body Politic in Early Confucian Thoughtp. 112
International Law, Boundaries, and Imaginationp. 136
Territorial Sovereignty: Command, Title, and the Expanding Claims of the Commonsp. 164
Islamic Perspectives on Territorial Boundaries and Autonomyp. 183
Religion and the Maintenance of Boundaries: An Islamic Viewp. 203
Land and People: One Jewish Perspectivep. 213
Contested Boundaries: Judaic Visions of a Shared Worldp. 237
Territorial Boundaries: A Liberal Egalitarian Perspectivep. 249
Group Boundaries, Individual Barriersp. 276
Boundaries, Ownership, and Autonomy: A Natural Law Perspectivep. 296
In Defense of Reasonable Lines: Natural Law from a Natural Rights Perspectivep. 317
The Ethics of Boundaries: A Question of Partial Commitmentsp. 335
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780691088006
ISBN-10: 0691088004
Series: Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 367
Published: 21st October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.53