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The People, the Land, and the Government

The People, the Land, and the Government

What are the territorial rights of peoples and states? Dr. Margaret Moore explores the question in a discussion about her two books, A Political Theory of Territory and Who Should Own Natural Resources.

Interviewee Name: 
Dr. Margaret Moore
The People, the Land, and the Government
Blind Date with Knowledge, Season 3, Episode 03
Interviewed by: 
Barry Kaplan
Air date on CFRC: 
October 16, 2019
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Dr. Margaret Moore is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a professor in the department of Political Studies with a cross-appointment in Philosophy where she teaches in the Master’s in Political and Legal Theory program. Her research focuses on justice, nationalism, and the territorial rights of peoples and states. She is the author of A Political Theory of Territory, which won the Canadian Philosophical Association’s biannual book prize for 2017, and most recently Who Should Own Natural Resources?. She is also a recipient of the 2019 Prize for Excellence in Research, Queen’s signature internal research honour.

In this episode, Dr. Moore discusses A Political Theory of Territory and its examination of the geographical domain of the state and the rights associated with territorial jurisdiction. In her book, she puts three things into relationship: the people, the land, and the government to understand the moral significance associated with plans and attachments of place. Dr. Moore also explains how her latest book, Who Should Own Natural Resources, is a deeper dive into the relationship between natural resources and claims of ownership.

Please visit the Department of Political Studies for more information about Dr. Moore’s research.

The People, the Land, and the Government

Season 3: Episode 03