David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Social Philosophy Today 20:97-108 (2004)
Without attempting a full-scale definition of “terrorism,” I assume (for the purposes of the argument of the paper) (1) that terrorist acts are politically motivated, (2) that the political goals of terrorists are both diverse and (morally) a “mixed bag,” (3) that terrorist acts inflict deliberate harm on innocent civilians, and (4) that they are therefore to be condemned even when the goals they ostensibly serve are defensible goals. The various versions of the “root causes” argument seek to explain the phenomenon of terrorism, not to justify it. Nevertheless, anti-terrorism strategists must take these explanations seriously and be prepared to adopta suitably broad view of the causal factors that may be involved. Exclusive concentration on the motives of terrorists is a mistake. Also important, for example, are the attitudes of (nonterrorist) members of populations in which there is sympathy for the goals of terrorists without any endorsement of their methods
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Mark R. Reiff (2008). Terrorism, Retribution, and Collective Responsibility. Social Theory and Practice 34 (2):209-242.
Shawn Kaplan (2009). Three Prejudices Against Terrorism. Critical Studies on Terrorism 2 (2):181-199.
Scott C. Lowe (2006). Defining Terrorism. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 2:253-256.
Marilyn Friedman (2007). Female Terrorists. Social Philosophy Today 23:189-200.
Anne Schwenkenbecher (2010). Terrorism Against Non-Innocents: The Ethical Implications. In Paul Omoyefa (ed.), Basic Applied Ethics. VDM.
Nicholas Maxwell (2007). The Disastrous War Against Terrorism: Violence Versus Enlightenment. In Albert W. Merkidze (ed.), Terrorism Issues: Threat Assessment , Consequences and Prevention.
Vicente Medina (2006). Unconditional Vs. Conditional Critics of Terrorist Violence: A Seemingly Endless Debate. Public Affairs Quarterly 20 (4):363-379.
Shawn Kaplan (2008). A Typology of Terrorism. Review Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (1):1-38.
Michael Giudice (2007). Understanding Anti-Terrorism Legislation. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:17-21.
Rekha Nath (2011). Two Wrongs Don’T Make a Right: A Critique of Virginia Held’s Deontological Justification of Terrorism. Social Theory and Practice 37 (4):679-696.
Seumas Miller (2004). Terrorism and Collective Responsibility. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (2):263-281.
Rekha Nath (2011). Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right. Social Theory and Practice 37 (4):679-696.
James Mensch (2003). Benito Cerino: Freud and the Breakdown of Politics. Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 7 (2):117-131.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads7 ( #213,168 of 1,679,289 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #78,760 of 1,679,289 )
How can I increase my downloads?