Buchanan - Study Notes.docx

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Published on 18 Sep 2012
School
Western University
Department
Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 2810F/G
Professor
SECESSION BUCHANAN
Act of withdrawing from a political entity usually whereby a group of people remove
themselves and the territory they occupy from the jurisdiction of another political entity
Federalism: a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally dividend between a
central governing authority and constituent political units
International governing bodies should only use remedial right theories to determine which
countries should have the right to secede
Remedial Right theory: a general right to secede exists only when it is to alleviate injustice
special right to secession is better than revolution
New state must respect human rights, cooperate to secure just terms
Ascriptive primary right theories: general right to secession exist whenever a corporate group
wants to
- Lack of territory threatens a groups survival need territory in order to secede
- Groups with a collective identity/ distinctiveness
Associative Primary Right theories: any collective group qualifies right of political association
Morally Progressive minimal realism moral target better than the status quo
Absence of perverse incentives: acceptance shouldn’t encourage behaviour that undermines
morally sound principles incentivize by conferring legitimacy
Associative primary right theories: substantial majority required, new state ability to serve
government function
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Act of withdrawing from a political entity usually whereby a group of people remove themselves and the territory they occupy from the jurisdiction of another political entity. Federalism: a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally dividend between a central governing authority and constituent political units. International governing bodies should only use remedial right theories to determine which countries should have the right to secede. Remedial right theory: a general right to secede exists only when it is to alleviate injustice special right to secession is better than revolution. New state must respect human rights, cooperate to secure just terms. Ascriptive primary right theories: general right to secession exist whenever a corporate group wants to. Lack of territory threatens a groups survival need territory in order to secede. Associative primary right theories: any collective group qualifies right of political association. Morally progressive minimal realism moral target better than the status quo.

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