Can territorial disputes be resolved fairly? This groundbreaking 2009 book argues that they can, through attention to ways in which people interact with land. The author offers a theory of territory linking political legitimacy and environmental stewardship, and provides a novel application of his ideas to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Introduction; 1. Everything you always wanted to know about taking other people's land (but were afraid to ask); 2. Land and territory in political theory; 3. Groundwork; 4. Plenitude; 5. Territorial disputes; 6. Implementation.
Winner, 2011 Biennial Book Prize, Canadian Philosophical Association
‘Avery Kolers has written a terrific book on the idea of land and territory in political disputes. This is an incredibly important subject that has been largely ignored in political philosophy and legal theory. Kolers' book is the best writing of its kind: plausibly argued, lucidly written, and richly informed with empirical material. I learned an enormous amount and so will others interested in international justice.’
Larry May, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis; Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Canberra; and author of Aggression and Crimes Against Peace (Cambridge, 2008), War Crimes and Just War (Cambridge, 2007) and Crimes Against Humanity: A Normative Account (Cambridge, 2005)
"Avery Kolers offers a timely and bold proposal for 'cleaning up' the subject of territory in an attempt to provide theoretical tools for resolving even seemingly irresolvable disputes...Most importantly, Kolers well and truly puts territory on the map for contemporary political philosophers, and his book should be read by all those who wish to gain a greater understanding of a critical area of study."
Ethics, Sarah Fine, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge