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"Self-determination plays a central role in debates about international morality and law. One important argument invokes the value of self-determination in order to show that rules of international morality and law should be modest or limited in content. The basic idea is clear enough. Self-determination seems to involve a kind of social process by which different groups, including political states, can develop their own distinctive shared moral codes. And so there can be legitimate moral variation between political societies. Because self-determination is valuable, the argument goes, acceptable international norms should allow for this variation, at least within certain limits. Self-determination thus constrains the demands of global justice and, consequently, international law."

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9781316340639

Publication Date

4-2016

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Disciplines

Ethics and Political Philosophy

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of a chapter published in Fernando R. Tesón, (Ed.), The Theory of Self-Determination. Dr. van der Vossen's chapter begins on page 13. This version may not exactly replicate the final published version

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Cambridge University Press

Self-Determination and Moral Variation

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