Israel, Palestine and Terror

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This extraordinary book brings together the thoughts of 15 pre-eminent philosophers on one of the most important political and cultural crises of our time.

As we begin to realize the extent to which terrorism and the Israel/Palestine conflict—and the ways in which we handle them—are likely to determine the shaping of the West of the future, this short and accessible book introduces all the key issues from a philosophical perspective. Introduced by Stephen Law, Israel, Palestine ...

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Overview

This extraordinary book brings together the thoughts of 15 pre-eminent philosophers on one of the most important political and cultural crises of our time.

As we begin to realize the extent to which terrorism and the Israel/Palestine conflict—and the ways in which we handle them—are likely to determine the shaping of the West of the future, this short and accessible book introduces all the key issues from a philosophical perspective. Introduced by Stephen Law, Israel, Palestine and Terror presents a powerful and provocative overview of a hugely topical debate. It presents a whole range of political and philosophical views and perspectives to illuminate this contentious issue.

Contributors include such leading figures as Noam Chomsky and Ted Honderich.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This collection of 15 essays from wide-ranging contributors including Noam Chomsky and controversial consequentialist philosopher Ted Honderich grapples with whether or not Palestinian terrorism can be morally justified and ultimately falls short. In failing to include even one Palestinian voice and precious few Israelis, these essays rely almost exclusively on the work of those who are privileged enough to be able to view the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorism (as well as Israeli state violence, referred to by many contributors as Israeli terrorism) as an abstraction and at a remove. Some of the writers (Igor Primoratz, William L. McBride, Gerald Cohen) make genuine efforts to fuse philosophical considerations with human realities, but the predominant tone is one of arrogant pronouncements on the lives of others. Such a conversation might be of interest in the halls of academia, but to the extent that it can be expected to contribute meaningfully to the real-life resolution of decades of conflict, this largely aloof and oddly bloodless effort fails to engage, even though the issues raised are urgent and go to the heart of what drives Western foreign policy today. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826497932
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Law is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, London and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal, THINK. He is the author of several highly successful introductions to philosophy, including The Philosophy Files (Orion, 2000) and The Philosophy Gym (Headline, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Stephen Law (Heythrop College, UK)

1. Terrorisms in Palestine - Ted Honderich (UCL, UK)

2. Terror, Tomis Kapitan (University of Northern Illinois, USA)
3. The Morality of Palestinian Terrorism, Timothy Shanahan (Loyola Marymont University, USA)
4. Killing the Innocent, Richard Norman (University of Kent, UK)
5. Terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Igor Primoratz (University of Melbourne, Australia)
6. Terrorism and Justice: Some Useful Truisms, Noam Chomsky (MIT, USA)
7. Terror in Palestine: A Non-Violent Alternative?, Stephen Law (Heythrop College, UK)

8. Casting the First Stone: Who Can, and Who Can't, Condemn the Terrorists, Gerald Cohen (University of Oxford, UK)

9. Murder and Morality: Professor Honderich on Israel and the Palestinians, Ardon Lyon (City University, UK)

10. Terror and Expected Collateral Damage: The Case for Moral Equivalence, Michael Neumann (Trent University, Canada)
11. In a World of Uneasy Virtue, William L. McBride (Purdue University, USA)
12. Talk and Terror: The Value of Just-War Arguments in the Context of Terror, Patrick Riordan (Heythrop College, UK)
13. Territory and Terrorism in Israel, Tamar Meisels (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
14. Cosmopolitanism in a Time of Terror, Sharon Anderson-Gold (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
15. Tricks of Memory: Auschwitz and the Question of Palestiniam Terrorism, Brian Klug (University of Oxford, UK)

Postscript, Ted Honderich (UCL, UK)

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