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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. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (08 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/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 08:30
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 23:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71564

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