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The philosophy of terrorism: why blaming victims offers no justification for terrorist attacks

Primoratz, Igor (2015) The philosophy of terrorism: why blaming victims offers no justification for terrorist attacks. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (10 Jan 2015). Website.

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Abstract

Terrorist attacks are often justified by their perpetrators on the basis that victims are complicit in some policy or action which is worthy of being met with by violence. But how should we view such arguments from a philosophical perspective? Igor Primoratz writes that while terrorists are likely to portray their actions as a morally justified ‘armed struggle’, the indirect contribution of the victims’ acts to the contested policies, insufficiently voluntary character of these acts, and the disproportionate nature of the violence inflicted on victims ensures that we can reject these arguments and legitimately condemn such attacks as ‘terrorism’.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 17:06
Last Modified: 17 May 2020 23:26
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60907

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