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Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude?
     

Debating the Ethics of Immigration: Is There a Right to Exclude?

by Christopher Heath Wellman, Phillip Cole
 

ISBN-10: 0199731721

ISBN-13: 9780199731725

Pub. Date: 09/21/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Do states have the right to prevent potential immigrants from crossing their borders, or should people have the freedom to migrate and settle wherever they wish? Christopher Heath Wellman and Phillip Cole develop and defend opposing answers to this timely and important question. Appealing to the right to freedom of association, Wellman contends that legitimate

Overview

Do states have the right to prevent potential immigrants from crossing their borders, or should people have the freedom to migrate and settle wherever they wish? Christopher Heath Wellman and Phillip Cole develop and defend opposing answers to this timely and important question. Appealing to the right to freedom of association, Wellman contends that legitimate states have broad discretion to exclude potential immigrants, even those who desperately seek to enter. Against this, Cole argues that the commitment to the moral equality of all human beings - which legitimate states can be expected to hold - means national borders must be open: equal respect requires equal access, both to territory and membership; and that the idea of open borders is less radical than it seems when we consider how many territorial and community boundaries have this open nature. In addition to engaging with each other's arguments, Wellman and Cole address a range of central questions and prominent positions on this topic. The authors therefore provide a critical overview of the major contributions to the ethics of migration, as well as developing original, provocative positions of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199731725
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/21/2011
Series:
Debating Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,182,964
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND THE RIGHT TO EXCLUDE
In Defense of the Right to Exclude
The Egalitarian Case for Open Borders
The Libertarian Case for Open Borders
The Democratic Case for Open Borders
The Utilitarian Case for Open Borders
Refugees
Toward an International Institution with Authority of Immigration
Guest Workers
Selection Criteria
Conclusion
OPEN BORDERS: AN ETHICAL DEFENCE
The Shape of the Debate
The Case Against the Right to Exclude
Wellman on Freedom of Association
Consequentialist Concerns
Towards a Right to Mobility
Conclusion
Index

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