The Philosophical Challenge of September 11 / Edition 1

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Overview

In this book, fourteen leading philosophers reflect on the philosophical implications of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


  • A philosophical reflection on the implications of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Consists of fourteen essays written by leading philosophers, most of which have been specially commissioned for this volume.
  • Engages with a broad range of contemporary issues, such as American imperialism, anti-Americanism, Bush’s ‘War on Terror’, and the role of the media.
  • Looks at how the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have altered the terms and categories of philosophical debate.
  • Considers the repercussions for justice, human rights and international law.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405108935
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/3/2005
  • Series: Metaphilosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Rockmore is Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University. His previous publications include Cognition: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (1997), Marx after Marxism (Blackwell Publishing, 2002) and Before and After Hegel: A Historical Introduction to Hegel’s Thought (2003).

Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. His recent publications include Life without Principles (Blackwell Publishing, 1996), The Unraveling of Scientism: American Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century (2003) and Moral Philosophy after 9/11 (2004).

Armen T. Marsoobian is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. He is Editor-in-chief of the Blackwell journal Metaphilosophy. He has co-edited three books, Justus Buchler’s Metaphysics of Natural Complexes (1990), Nature’s Perspectives: Prospects for Ordinal Metaphysics (1991) and The Blackwell Guide to American Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 2004).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Iraq, American empire, and the war on terrorism 4
3 "Us" and "them" : the politics of American self-assertion after 9/11 19
4 Misreading Islamist terrorism : the "war against terrorism" and just-war theory 42
5 Of power and compassion 71
6 Terror and the attack on civil liberties 81
7 Civilizational imprisonments 96
8 The new political infamy and the sacrilege of feminism 108
9 Reasons for conflict : political implications of a definition of terrorism 125
10 Losing to terrorism : an American work in progress 139
11 Preemptive war, Americanism, and anti-Americanism 158
12 On the so-called war on terrorism 178
13 Terrorism and the new forms of war 194
14 Afterword : the road from September 11 to Abu Ghraib 206
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