Practical Philosophy Seminar: Alejandra Mancilla, "Superseding white colonialism"
Abstract: Between 1908 and 1940 a handful of colonial and wishing-to-be colonial powers claimed whole wedges of the Antarctic continent (or reserved their right to make a claim). These nine countries continued to exercise their influence over Antarctic matters after the Antarctic Treaty was signed, in 1959, and they still do so today, joined by some latecomers. In this article, I call “white colonialism” the practice of taking over vast expanses of uninhabited, “white” space, and examine three levels at which it is morally wrong in the specific case of Antarctica. I then offer some reasons why it should be superseded, address some objections, and point to some implications of the view.
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