Terrorism, justification, and illusion

Ethics 114 (4):790-805 (2004)
Bernard Williams once said that doing moral philosophy could be hazardous because there, presumably unlike in other areas of philosophy, we may run the risk of misleading people on important matters.1 This risk seems to be particularly present when considering the topic of terrorism. I would like to discuss what seems to be a most striking feature of contemporary terrorism, a feature that, as far as I know, has not been noted. This has implications concerning the way that we should view terrorism (and counterterrorism) and shows the force of a number of neglected illusions surrounding the issue of terrorism, as well as its justification.
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Tamar Meisels (2009). Defining Terrorism – a Typology. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 12 (3):331-351.

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