The emergence of borders: moral questions mapped out

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dc.contributor.author Walmsley, Joel
dc.contributor.author Nine, Cara
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-01T11:08:44Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-01T11:08:44Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12
dc.identifier.citation Walmsley, J and Nine, C. (2014) 'The emergence of borders: moral questions mapped out', Russian Sociological Review, 13(4), pp. 42-59. en
dc.identifier.volume 13 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 42 en
dc.identifier.endpage 59 en
dc.identifier.issn 1728-192X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2664
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we examine the extent to which the concept of emergence can be applied to questions about the nature and moral justification of territorial borders. Although the term is used with many different senses in philosophy, the concept of “weak emergence” - advocated by, for example, Sawyer (2002, 2005) and Bedau (1997 ) - is especially applicable, since it forces a distinction between prediction and explanation that connects with several issues in the discussion of territory. In particular, we argue, weak emergentism about borders allows us to distinguish between (a) using a theory of territory to say where a border should be drawn, and (b) looking at an existing border and saying whether or not it is justified (Miller, 2012; Nine, 2012; Stilz, 2011). Many authors conflate these two factors, or identify them by claiming that having one without the other is in some sense incoherent. But on our account - given the concept of emergence - one might unproblematically be able to have (b) without (a); at the very least, the distinction between these two issues is much more significant than has often been recognised, and more importantly gives us some reason to prefer “statist” as opposed to “cultural” theories of territorial borders. We conclude with some further reflections on related matters concerning, firstly, the apparent causal powers of borders, and secondly, the different ways in which borders are physically implemented (e.g., land vs. water). en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow en
dc.relation.uri https://sociologica.hse.ru/data/2015/01/03/1106663401/RusSocRev_13_4_Special_03_Walmsley_Nine.pdf
dc.relation.uri https://sociologica.hse.ru/en/2014-13-4/140530995.html
dc.rights © 2014, the Authors and Centre for Fundamental Sociology, Moscow. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Explanation en
dc.subject Emergence en
dc.subject Prediction en
dc.subject Borders en
dc.subject Statism en
dc.subject Cultural nationalism en
dc.subject Territorial rights en
dc.title The emergence of borders: moral questions mapped out en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Joel Vincent Walmsley, Philosophy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.walmsley@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2015-01-19T12:56:53Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Russian Sociological Review en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.walmsley@ucc.ie en


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