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Terrorism is almost always morally unjustified, but it may be justified as the only way of preventing a “moral disaster”

Primoratz, Igor (2013) Terrorism is almost always morally unjustified, but it may be justified as the only way of preventing a “moral disaster”. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (29 Apr 2013). Website.

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Abstract

Can terrorism ever be morally justified? Igor Primoratz writes on the nature of terrorism and whether it is possible to defend terrorist attacks in isolated cases. He argues that definitions of terrorism cannot be based on the identity of those resorting to it and must therefore be extended to include ‘state terrorism’. He concludes that while terrorism is almost always unjustified from a moral perspective, under specific, extreme conditions, terrorist acts may be defended on account of the “moral disaster” they prevent or stop.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 18:55
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72681

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