The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

by Michael Ignatieff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691117519

ISBN-13: 9780691117515

Pub. Date: 04/12/2004

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"Michael Ignatieff has written a sober yet chilling account of the issues facing liberal democracies in the face of modern international terrorism. In a surgical analysis he describes the challenges facing their leaders and citizens. His warning of the critical dangers of under- and over-reaction in combating terrorism could not be more timely."—Justice

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"Michael Ignatieff has written a sober yet chilling account of the issues facing liberal democracies in the face of modern international terrorism. In a surgical analysis he describes the challenges facing their leaders and citizens. His warning of the critical dangers of under- and over-reaction in combating terrorism could not be more timely."—Justice Richard Goldstone, Constitutional Court of South Africa

"Michael Ignatieffs The Lesser Evil is a strikingly readable rumination on the ethical challenge of our time: How can a liberal democracy survive the long struggle against terror and do so in ways that preserve its institutions and dignity intact? His answer is a profound moral analysis, drawing on insights from philosophy, law, and literature, of how to surmount the strength of the terrorists, who are weak, and avoid the weakness of the democracies, who can be both strong and just."—Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of Law and International Affairs, Columbia University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691117515
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2004
Series:
The Gifford Lectures
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Chapter 1Democracy and the Lesser Evil1
Chapter 2The Ethics of Emergency25
Chapter 3The Weakness of the Strong54
Chapter 4The Strength of the Weak82
Chapter 5The Temptations of Nihilism112
Chapter 6Liberty and Armageddon145
Notes171
Index205

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