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Boundaries of Authority

A. John Simmons


Modern states claim rights of jurisdiction and control over particular geographical areas and their associated natural resources. Boundaries of Authority explores the possible moral bases for such territorial claims by states. The book maintains throughout that the requirement of states’ justified authority over persons has normative priority over, and as a result severely restricts, the kinds of territorial rights that states can justifiably claim, and it argues that the mere effective administration of justice within a geographical area is insufficient to ground moral authority over resident ... More

Keywords: jurisdiction, territory, authority, borders, resources, supersession, nationalism, functionalism, Locke, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190603489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. John Simmons, author
Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, University of Virginia

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