What's Wrong with Terrorism?
By (author) Robert Goodin
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What's Wrong with Terrorism? by Robert Goodin
Book DescriptionTerrorists perform terrible acts. They maim, mutilate and kill in pursuit of their goals. The horrifying events of 9/11 and the regular suicide bombings around the world have made terrorism one of the central preoccupations of the twenty-first century. But what is the distinctive wrong of terrorism? Criminal acts such as murder and hijacking are already on the moral statute books, so why is it that we regard terrorists as different from and morally worse than ordinary killers and kidnappers? Some see terrorism is an ideology, others claim it is a deep-seated social or psychological failing, others that it is a form of fighting unfairly judged by just-war standards.In this provocative new book, Robert Goodin puts forward the view that terrorism is, in fact, a deliberate tactic of frightening people for socio-political gain. Fear affects peoples ability to reason clearly and undermines their capacity for autonomous self-government. In this way, Goodin contends that terror is not only the weapon of organizations such as al-Qaeda; it also benefits democratic politicians who profit from the climate of insecurity induced by terrorist threats and violence. Political figures conducting a campaign of fear as part of their war on terrorism may therefore be committing wrongs akin to those of terrorists themselves. This, Goodin argues, is what is distinctively wrong with terrorism in the contemporary world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745634975
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Goodin
What's Wrong with Terrorism?, Paperback (February 2006)
Terrorists perform terrible acts. They maim, mutilate and kill in pursuit of their goals. The horrifying events of 9/11 and the regular suicide bombings around the world have made terrorism one of the central preoccupations of the twenty-first century.
Contemporary Political Philosophy, Hardback (November 2005)» View all books by Robert Goodin
* An updated and expanded edition of this comprehensive collection of the essential texts in post-war political philosophy. * Reprints key articles, mainly unabridged, touching upon the nature of the state, democracy, justice, rights, liberty, equality and oppression.
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Author Biography - Robert Goodin
Robert Goodin is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University.
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