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What rights do nations have to govern themselves and to control specific territories and the people living on these territories? What limits are there on these rights and on the activities of national communities and their political leaders? What projects can be justified primarily by appeals to the interests and identities of nations? A well-reasoned answer to these questions could be called a normative theory of national autonomy or national self-determination, which in turn is a central part of a normative theory of nationalism. It would be an understatement to note that political philosophers are far from any consensus about the broad content of a theory of national autonomy. Almost every central concept in, and assumption underlying, the above questions is contested. There are disputes about what nations are, or even if there are such things as nations.
Wayne Norman is Chair of Research in Business Ethics at the University of Montreal. He taught previously at the Universities of British Columbia, Ottawa, and Western Ontario, and has held visiting positions at Stanford University, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universite de Paris, the Universite Catholique de Louvain, and at the London School of Economics, where he did his Ph.D. in Philosophy. He has written extensively on multiculturalism, nationalism, federalism, and secession, and co-edited (with Will Kymlicka) Citizenship in Diverse Societies(2000) and (with Ronald Beiner) Canadian Political Philosophy (2001). His next book is tentatively entitled Thinking through Nationalism.
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