Human Affairs 26 (1):63-72 (2016)

The aim of this paper is to study and analyse the Charlie Hebdo attacks from a methodological and an ethical perspective, concentrating generally, though in some cases indirectly, on the consequences of our actions and the motives behind them. The analysis examines the issues of liberties, freedoms and responsibilities in general and further applies these values to the phenomenon of terrorism in contemporary society. The primary goal of this study is to use the Thomas Aquinas doctrine of double effect and Michael Ignatieff’s lesser evil theory to appraise specific acts of terrorism. The article suggests that certain freedoms should be limited in democratic societies and thus ensure safety.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/humaff-2016-0008
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,340
External links

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

Just and Unjust Wars.M. Walzer - 1979 - Philosophy 54 (209):415-420.
Ethics and International Relations.Gordon Graham - 1998 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 60 (1):209-209.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Discourse on the Multicultural Policy in Sweden in Light of the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack.Anna Kobierecka - 2017 - International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal 20 (1):47-62.
Charlie Hebdo: Testing the Limits of Freedom of Expression.Niaz A. Shah - 2017 - Muslim World Journal of Human Rights 14 (1).
Charlie Hebdo.Alan Haworth - 2015 - The Philosophers' Magazine 69:17-22.
Tolerant Writings Translated for Charlie Hebdo.Kerrie Grain - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 72:7-7.
The Double Effect Effect.Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring, Karen Melham & Tony Hope - 2011 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 20 (1):56-72.


Added to PP index

Total views

Recent downloads (6 months)

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes