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The Political Philosophy of Refuge

The Political Philosophy of Refuge


David Miller, Christine Straehle, David Owen, Richard Ekins, Michael Blake, Kieran Oberman, Adam Omar Hosein, Matthew J. Gibney, Megan Bradley, Luara Ferracioli, Matthew Lister, Patti Lenard
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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472159

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  • How to assess and deal with the claims of millions of displaced people to find refuge and asylum in safe and prosperous countries is one of the most pressing issues of modern political philosophy. In this timely volume, fresh insights are offered into the political and moral implications of refugee crises and the treatment of asylum seekers. The contributions illustrate the widening of the debate over what is owed to refugees, and why it is assumed that national state actors and the international community owe special consideration and protection. The deepening of the debate is reflected too, with discussions of the responsibilities states have towards those to whom asylum has been granted, the circumstances in which refugees can be encouraged or required to return to their countries of origin, and what is owed to people who are not admitted, but are housed in refugee camps in third countries.

    • Makes the philosophical discussion about refuge and asylum accessible to readers without training in political philosophy
    • Widens the debate to include questions not often raised in public debate about the refugee crisis
    • Includes diverse and opposing perspectives on the source and nature of obligations towards refugees
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Political Philosophy of Refuge brings together the top scholars in the field for timely commentaires on the key debates surrounding refugees. The volume's scope and accessible writing style make it an ideal introductory text, while the innovative arguments are sure to advance refugee research in interesting ways.' Markus Schulzke, University of York

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472159
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David Miller and Christine Straehle
    1. Differentiating refugees: asylum, sanctuary and refuge David Owen
    2. The state's right to exclude asylum-seekers and (some) refugees Richard Ekins
    3. Asylum, speech, and tragedy Michael Blake
    4. Border rescue Kieran Oberman
    5. Selecting refugees David Miller
    6. Refugees and the right to remain Adam Omar Hosein
    7. The duties of refugees Matthew J. Gibney
    8. Is return the preferred solution to refugee crises? Exploring the moral value of the right of return Megan Bradley
    9. Refugees and the right to return Christine Straehle
    10. Refugees, rescue and choice Luara Ferracioli
    11. Philosophical foundations for complementary protection Matthew Lister
    12. The ethics of sanctuary policies in liberal democratic states Patti Lenard.

  • Editors

    David Miller, University of Oxford
    David Miller is Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. His publications include Justice for Earthlings (Cambridge, 2013), Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration (2016), and Is Self-Determination a Dangerous Illusion? (forthcoming).

    Christine Straehle, Universität Hamburg
    Christine Straehle is Professor for Practical Philosophy at the Universität Hamburg and Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. Her publications include Vulnerability, Autonomy and Applied Ethics (2016).


    David Miller, Christine Straehle, David Owen, Richard Ekins, Michael Blake, Kieran Oberman, Adam Omar Hosein, Matthew J. Gibney, Megan Bradley, Luara Ferracioli, Matthew Lister, Patti Lenard

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