In this volume a group of distinguished moral and social thinkers address the urgent problem of terrorism. The essays define terrorism, discuss whether the assessment of terrorist violence should be based on its consequences (beneficial or otherwise), and explore what means may be used to combat those who use violence without justification. Among other questions raised by the volume are: What does it mean for a people to be innocent of the acts of their government? May there not be some justification in terrorists targeting certain victims but not others? May terrorist acts be attributed to groups or to states? The collection will be of particular interest to moral and political philosophers, political scientists, legal theorists, and students of international studies and conflict resolution.
"This book merits careful reading by anyone concerned with determining the moral foundations for the use of force. Not only will the reader be provoked to weigh a number of issues about state terrorism otherwise preempted by 'group think' pressures, but reconsideration of popular beliefs about appropriate responses to insurgent violence will also be found in order." Robert S. Ashmore, ASQ
Developed out of a conference at Bowling Green State University in 1988, this collection addresses the moral and philosophical issues raised by political terrorists. It asks whether terrorism is an effective and efficient means of achieving political ends and whether the costs outweigh those ends. Chapters examine international terrorism's effectiveness, perceptions of revolutionary terrorism, the issue of combatant and noncombatant victims, the nature of the violence and its morality, the distinctions between state and individual violence and between justice- and order-motivated acts, the terror inherent in nuclear deterrence policy, and the act of rape. Providing unusual and provocative perspectives on terrorism, this volume will be an excellent supplement to policy- and law-oriented texts. For academic libraries.-- William Waugh, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta
Preface; 1. Violence, terrorism and justice R. G. Frey and Christopher W. Morris; 2. What purposes can 'international terrorism' serve? Thomas C. Schelling; 3. Violent demonstrations Annette C. Baier; 4. Terrorism, rights, and political goals Virginia Held; 5. The political significance of terrorism Loren E. Lomasky; 6. Terrorism and morality Jan Narveson; 7. Which are the offers you can't refuse? Onora O'Neill; 8. Making exceptions without abandoning the principle: or how a Kantian might think about terrorism Thomas E. Hill, Jr.; 9. State and private; Red and White Alan Ryan; 10. State terrorism Jonathan Glover; 11. Nuclear hostages Gregory S. Kavka; 12. Rape as a terrorist institution Claudia Card.