A Delicate Balance: What Philosophy Can Tell Us about Terrorism

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"Did the world change on September 11, 2001? For those who live outside of New York or Washington, life's familiar pace persists and families and jobs resume their routines. Yet everything seems different because of the dramatic disturbance to our sense of what our world means and how we exist within it. In A Delicate Balance, philosopher Trudy Govier writes that it is because our feelings and attitudes have altered so fundamentally that our world has changed." Govier believes that there are ethical challenges we cannot ignore. From Plato and
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Overview

"Did the world change on September 11, 2001? For those who live outside of New York or Washington, life's familiar pace persists and families and jobs resume their routines. Yet everything seems different because of the dramatic disturbance to our sense of what our world means and how we exist within it. In A Delicate Balance, philosopher Trudy Govier writes that it is because our feelings and attitudes have altered so fundamentally that our world has changed." Govier believes that there are ethical challenges we cannot ignore. From Plato and Aristotle on courage, to Kant on revenge, to twentieth century philosopher John Rawls's views on justice, Govier mines the world of philosophy to reflect on terrorism. Govier argues that moral complexities such as victimhood, evil, power, and revenge, if properly understood, can provide a basis for hope - not despair. Govier walks the reader through this shift, challenging us to construct a new sense of the world and our place within it.
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In the wake of September 11th, we are being exposed to a rhetoric of good and evil that is sometimes manipulative and superficial and sometimes heartfelt, but that always poses ethical and logical questions, suggests the author. In a series of 15 short essays she applies lessons from moral philosophy to issues raised by the attacks and the U.S. response, delineating her beliefs of how we should view vulnerability, victims, evil, hatred, revenge, power, justice, violence, responsibility, kindness, courage, perspective, life, vindication, and hope. Her moral reasoning leads her to oppose many of the actions of the Bush administration in Afghanistan and beyond. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813365855
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 5.80 (d)

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Philosopher, author, and lecturer, Trudy Govier is the author of several books and has written many articles on topics ranging from self-deception to nuclear deterrence. She lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
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