rights of states

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Welch 1 Scott Welch Dr. Kinlaw Classical German Political Philosophy 12 February 2005 Discourse on the Rights of States Engaged in Conflict The doctrine for the rights of states has been a continual whirlwind of debate since the beginning of time. The reason for this is there are very few clear cut answers to questions on how a state should be ruled, and to what extent a state has authority over another. In order to further the topic on the rights of an individual state over another, if such rights do in fact exist, one must first provide agreeable terms of statehood. The focus of this paper will be in (1) developing a clear understanding of what it means to be a state and the rights thereby given, (2) how each states rights concern other states, and (3) the rights of individual states involved in such conflict. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Law (Webster) the term state refers to “any politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory.” For purposes of the present paper the stipulation of always occupying a definite territory will be included, thus to avoid hypothetical “what ifs.” This definition serves a starting ground on what it means to be a state. The true state will have a government that is politically charged, laws, and core ethics. A state fitting these guidelines will have structured political systems. Structured does not intend to promote one type of political agenda over the other. In other words, a state is defined as such whether it is a republic, democratic, communist, socialist, and/or any other unmentioned governing body that contains a structured political system. Laws will be determined by each state in a manner that the political organization assumes to be most logical in the framework of the
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Welch 2 political constitution. These laws will be made available to the people of the state and are therefore to be obeyed and enforced upon all members. The last feature of a state is that of core ethics. They may be introduced differently from state to state, but there is to be set preordained ideals that serve to shun ill-will towards humanity. This provides an assurance that classifying malignant political parties whose purpose is to exterminate or inflict harm unto others, or their own, will not be defined as a state. It will also allow other states to intervene when malignant political, or social, parties are introduced into society. To end this line of thought, a state is
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL taught by Professor Kinlaw during the Fall '05 term at McMurry.

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