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Boundaries, Conventions, and Realism

Achille C. Varzi

in Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015936
eISBN:
9780262298780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015936.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses the important distinction between artificial boundaries and natural boundaries. Artificial boundaries, such as national and state borders, are defined as boundaries that are ... More


Natural Borders: From the Natural Boundaries of States to Ecological Accounts of Territory

Paulina Ochoa Espejo

in On Borders: Territories, Legitimacy, and the Rights of Place

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190074197
eISBN:
9780190074234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190074197.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Political Theory

This chapter explores the historical idea of natural borders. Territories have been imagined as being naturally separated from one another by oceans, rivers, deserts, and mountains. Although most ... More


Principles of minimum potential energy and complementary energy

Lallit Anand and Sanjay Govindjee

in Continuum Mechanics of Solids

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198864721
eISBN:
9780191896767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864721.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

With the displacement field taken as the only fundamental unknown field in a mixed-boundary-value problem for linear elastostatics, the principle of minimum potential energy asserts that a potential ... More


When Pollen Became Poison: A Cultural Geography of Ragweed in America

Gregg Mitman

in The Moral Authority of Nature

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226136806
eISBN:
9780226136820
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226136820.003.0018
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter investigates the shifting geographies of place, disease, and moral authority of nature in ragweed's nomadic wandering across the boundaries of rural and urban, native and immigrant, pure ... More


. Cattle and the Campesino

Robert G. Williams

in Export Agriculture and the Crisis in Central America

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807841549
eISBN:
9781469616339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807841549.003.0007
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter describes how the beef boom was greedier for land than any of the export booms that preceded it. The expansion of coffee in the nineteenth century was held in check by biological ... More


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