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Self-Determination

The political right of the majority to the exercise of power within the boundaries of a generally accepted political unit, area, or territory.

The principle of self-determination is mentioned in the United Nations Charter and has often been stressed in resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly. The concept is most often used in connection with the right of colonies to independence. It does not relate to attempts at independence by groups, such as the French Canadians or the Nagas of India, who do not possess their own sovereign states.

See: discretion, freedom, home rule, liberty
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Vincent Solomon listens as National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald briefs CoGS about plans for a self-determining Indigenous Anglican church.
Any thing "given" is per se philosophically unjustified, since the task of philosophy is autonomous, self-determining knowing, which hence never depends on an independent "given" but must always be self-justifying.
Table 1 Equity Principles Under Various Recovery Systems Tort Equity Rate Equity Traditional Tort Yes No Tort Favoring Yes Variant (Kentucky) Self-Determining Yes Yes (New Jersey/ Pennsylvania) No-Fault Favoring Variant Yes (O'Connell, Joost) Mandatory No-Fault No Yes
In a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) last June, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald said that one hurdle to be cleared for the creation of an Indigenous church would be for General Synod to legislate Sacred Circle, the large decision-making body for Indigenous Anglicans, as a self-determining body capable of setting its own rules.
How can thought and action be self-determining, if the living agent has this biological foundation?
Doing for oneself is the first responsibility of a self-determining people.
Although it apparently hovers like some alien craft, attached umbilically to its great hooped home station, it is self-sufficient, self-determining, built of reusable materials.
They pledged "to do all we can to call our people into unity in a new, self-determining community within the Anglican Church of Canada.
The new determinacy is posited not by something different from itself, but by a self-determining determinacy of which it comprises a stage in its ongoing self-constitution.
Bahrain's position with regards to the peace process is clear, in that we have already stated that the normalization of ties with Israel can come only after they stop settlements on Palestinian territories, establish a free and self-determining Palestinian state, and choose to peacefully coexist alongside Arabs in the region.
Anthropologists, political scientists, and other scholars and practitioners explore how Aboriginal peoples in Canada have articulated ideas, visions, and perspectives both within their autonomous self-determining communities and in the broader public discourse.
A series of reports on the planned self-determining Canadian Indigenous Anglican church presented to Council of General Synod (CoGS) June 24 met with a mixture of approval and concern.