By I. Primoratz

ISBN-10: 0230204546

ISBN-13: 9780230204546

ISBN-10: 1403918171

ISBN-13: 9781403918178

The first complete dialogue of all of the major philosophical matters raised by way of terrorism opposed to the historical past of its prior and up to date advancements. trendy philosophers talk about definitions of terrorism, a number of methods to its ethical overview, and the contentious topic of nation terrorism. additionally incorporated are 4 case reviews, displaying how the ideas and arguments philosophers set up in discussing violence, battle and terrorism follow to specific situations of either rebel and kingdom terrorism, starting from international struggle II to September eleven, 2001.

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The definition is politically neutral. 6. It is also morally neutral. I believe it captures what many of us find so repugnant in terrorism: the use or threat of use of violence against the innocent for the sake of intimidation and coercion. But is does not prejudge the moral question of its justification in particular cases. For in entails only that terrorism is prima facie wrong, and thus does not rule out its justification under certain circumstances. What Is Terrorism? 25 7. Some are likely to find the definition too restrictive, and to want to apply the word to other sorts of violence.

53. 10. g. P. Thornton, ‘Terror as a Weapon of Political Agitation,’ in H. ), Internal War (New York: The Free Press, 1964). 11. , 1958), chapters 12–13. For more on state terrorism, see chapters 9 and 10 in this volume. 12. P. Wilkinson, Political Terrorism (London: Macmillan, 1974), pp. 16–17. 13. I have discussed this point in ‘On the Ethics of Terrorism,’ in E. ), Shaping Revolutions (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1991). 14. ), The Terrorism Reader (New York: New American Library, 1978).

If a couple of soldiers get on the bus with the civilians and are killed as well, they will not see that as a fly in the ointment, but will either consider it irrelevant, or welcome it as an unexpected bonus. As for Laqueur’s first argument, it is predicated either on a definition of terrorism that includes political assassination and is thus questionbegging, or on the assumption that every act of a terrorist is a terrorist act, which is absurd. The Red Brigades, for instance, were a terrorist organization, for they committed many terrorist acts; but when they abducted and killed Aldo Moro, that was political assassination, not terrorism.

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