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A Defense of Secession and Political Self-Determination



    1. CHRISTOPHER H. WELLMAN iS Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Guilford College. His article “On Conflicts between Rights” is forthcoming in Law and Philosophy, and he is working on a booklength project, “Liberalism, Self-Determination, and Secession.” This is his debut in Philosophy & Public Affairs.
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  • I am grateful to the Institute for Humane Studies for a research grant that allowed me to write this paper. I am also indebted to Bernard Boxill, Jan Boxill, Allen Buchanan, Thomas Christiano, Will Kymlicka, David Schmidtz, Carl Wellman, and the Editors of Philosophy & Public Affairs for their helpful comments on an earlier draft.