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Delicate Balance
By Trudy Govier

A Delicate Balance

What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Terrorism New edition

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Delicate Balance by Trudy Govier

Book Description

A thoughtful treatment of terrorism, synthesizing recent world events with the ideas of major philosophers including Plato, Hobbes, Nietzsche, and others to provide a foundation of hope for the future. Did the world change on September 11, 2001? For those who live outside of New York or Washington, life's familiar pace persists and families and jobs resume their routines. Yet everything seems different because of the dramatic disturbance in our sense of what our world means and how we exist within it. In A Delicate Balance , philosopher Trudy Govier writes that it is because our feelings and attitudes have altered so fundamentally that our world has changed. Govier believes that there are ethical challenges we cannot ignore. From Plato and Aristotle on courage to Kant on revenge, to 20th Century philosopher John Rawlss views on justice, Govier mines the world of philosophy to reflect on terrorism. Govier argues that moral complexities such as victimhood, evil, power and revenge, if properly understood, can provide a basis for hope not despair. Govier walks the reader through this shift, challenging us to construct a new sense of the world and our place within it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813342719
ISBN-10: 0813342716
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Trudy Govier

Victims and Victimhood by Trudy Govier Victims and Victimhood, Paperback (February 2015)

A thoughtful examination of the ways in which we can best respond to victims.

Taking Wrongs Seriously by Trudy Govier Taking Wrongs Seriously, Hardback (October 2006)

How can we respond in the aftermath of wrongdoing? How can social trust be restored in the wake of intense political conflict? This work explores central dilemmas of political reconciliation, employing illustrative material from Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Peru, and elsewhere.

Forgiveness and Revenge by Trudy Govier Forgiveness and Revenge, Hardback (April 2002)

This is a powerful exploration of our attitudes to serious wrong-doings and a careful examination of the values that underlie our thinking about revenge and forgiveness. This text examines the impact of revenge and forgiveness.

Socrates' Children by Trudy Govier Socrates' Children, Paperback (June 1997)

With each philosopher and school of thought dealt with, Govier shows how ideas about thinking connect to the other elements of the particular philosophy.

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Author Biography - Trudy Govier

Philosopher, author, and lecturer, Trudy Govier is the author of several books and has written many articles on topics ranging from self-deception to nuclear deterrence. She lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.

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