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Territorial borders, toleration and the English school

Williams, John

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This article offers an assessment of the ethical status of territorial borders, arguing for a partial defence of their role in international relations. Utilising the English School as one way such a defence has been developed, it assesses pluralist and solidarist arguments, suggesting both are flawed. The article develops a notion of territorial borders as contributing to the value of tolerating difference in international relations, and that this is an ethically desirable thing to do. In doing so it utilises the political theory of Hannah Arendt as an alternative to more common, if usually implicit, liberal understandings.


Williams, J. (2002). Territorial borders, toleration and the English school. Review of International Studies, 28(4), 737-758.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2002
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2008
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2010
Journal Review of International Studies
Print ISSN 0260-2105
Electronic ISSN 1469-9044
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 4
Pages 737-758
Keywords International relations, Internation society, Plurality, Toleration.


Published Journal Article (172 Kb)

Copyright Statement
This paper has been published by Cambridge University Press in "Review of international studies" (28:4 (2002) 737-758).<br /> Copyright © 2002 British International Studies Association.

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