By A. John Simmons

ISBN-10: 0190603488

ISBN-13: 9780190603489

Smooth states declare rights of jurisdiction and keep watch over over specific geographical parts and their linked ordinary assets. Boundaries of Authority explores the potential moral bases for such territorial claims via states, within the method arguing that a lot of those territorial claims in reality lack any ethical justification. The publication continues all through that the requirement of states' justified authority over folks has normative precedence over, and for that reason seriously restricts, the types of territorial rights that states can justifiably declare, and it argues that the mere potent management of justice inside of a geographical quarter is inadequate to floor ethical authority over citizens of that zone. The ebook argues that just a concept of territorial rights that takes heavily the morality of the particular heritage of states' acquisitions of energy over land and the land's citizens can appropriately clarify the character and volume of states' ethical rights over specific territories. half I of the publication examines the interconnections among states' claimed rights of authority over specific units of topic people and states' claimed authority to regulate specific territories. It comprises a longer critique of the dominant "Kantian functionalist" method of such concerns. half II organizes, explains, and criticizes the entire variety of extant theories of states' territorial rights, arguing little-appreciated Lockean method of territorial rights is in reality much better in a position to meet the central desiderata for such theories. the place the 1st components of the booklet crisis basically states' claims to jurisdiction over territories, half III of the ebook seems to be heavily on the extra property-like territorial rights that states declare - specifically, their claimed rights to manage over the traditional assets on and underneath their territories and their claimed rights to regulate and limit flow throughout (including immigration over) their territorial borders.

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Indeed, neither Rousseau nor Kant thought that even mutual promises that create a political society (to which all in consequence owe obligations of support and compliance) necessarily involve any moral wrongdoing. 32 The defender of one of the most widely discussed contemporary accounts of practical authority accordingly concludes that what is most problematic about authority is not that it seems irreconcilable with autonomy. Rather, he argues, the real problem about authority that needs to be addressed is a distinct, though closely related, one.

Where there are good grounds for believing that we will do better by complying with an authority’s directives than Indeed, Wolff seems himself unable to resist the apparent moral legitimacy of consensual arrangements, concluding that “a contractual democracy is legitimate, to be sure, for it is founded upon the citizens’ promise to obey its commands. Indeed, any state is legitimate which is founded upon such a promise” (Wolff [1998], 69). This, despite his earlier insistence that “the concept of the de jure legitimate state would appear to be vacuous” (19).

5–​8. 28 Wolff (1998), 12. , 18.  4). 31 Wolff (1998), 69, 71. 24 Political Au thor it y and State Boundar ie s on the testimony of experts. Worse, even making a simple promise in everyday life appears to violate such an obligation to remain perfectly autonomous, for it gives another the right to determine how we shall act, thus preempting our own judgment about how it is best to act. But neither Rousseau nor Kant, of course, thought that we breached a basic moral obligation by making a promise or contract, nor do the vast majority of moral or political philosophers.

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