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Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement

ISBN 9781138346772
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

This book is a philosophical analysis of the ethical treatment of refugees and stateless people, a group of people who, though extremely important politically, have been greatly under theorized philosophically. The limited philosophical discussion of refugees by philosophers focuses narrowly on the question of whether or not we, as members of Western states, have moral obligations to admit refugees into our countries. This book reframes this debate and shows why it is important to think ethically about people who will never be resettled and who live for prolonged periods outside of all political communities. Parekh shows why philosophers ought to be concerned with ethical norms that will help stateless people mitigate the harms of statelessness even while they remain formally excluded from states.

Table of Contents


1. The Moral Significance of The Refugee Regime 

2. Refugees in Contemporary Political Philosophy 

3. Hannah Arendt and the Ontological Deprivation of Statelessness 

4. Responsibility for the Forcibly Displaced 


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Serena Parekh is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the Northeastern University, USA.


"The topic of Parekh's volume is a crucial one, and her response to that topic is insightful and powerful; I both hope and expect that further conversations about these issues will take her ideas seriously." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews