Terrorism for Humanity: Inquiries in Political Philosophy

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'Clear, rational and continuously interesting.' New Statesman 'A masterful argument.' Times Literary Supplement 'A series of essays on political violence and the nature and extent of our political obligations. Honderich . . . details the persisting inequalities and deprivations towards which violence of the left is typically addressed. . . . A courageous swim against the current.' The Times Ted Honderich is one of the world's foremost philosophers of the Left. This is a revised edition of his classic text, Violence for Equality, which became a benchmark in political philosophy when it was first published over twenty years ago. Now extensively revised and updated by Honderich, Terrorism for Humanity raises important questions about the uses and ethics of political violence -- questions that are all the more pertinent in the light of recent events & the 'war on terror'. What can be said for & against terrorism and political violence? When is such terrorism right, if it ever is, & when is it wrong? In six lucid essays, Honderich challenges the presuppositions, inconsistencies and prejudices of liberal-democratic thinking. He tackles such emotive subjects as the IRA, the PLO and the ANC, arguing the importance of understanding the justification for political violence in all manifestations. Exploring the moral issues that lie at the heart of these difficult questions, Honderich reminds us that political philosophy should be an attempt to inquire with an open mind -- & that to open one's mind is not necessarily to lose one's convictions. This remarkable book should be of interest to all teachers & students of philosophy & politics, & anyone who is curious to explore the theoretical framework of the morality of 'terrorism'.

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Ted Honderich is the Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London and the author of many books.

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'Clear, rational and continuously interesting.' New Statesman 'A masterful argument.' --Times Literary Supplement  'A series of essays on political violence and the nature and extent of our political obligations. Honderich ... details the persisting inequalities and deprivations towards which violence of the left is typically addressed. ... A courageous swim against the current.' --The Times

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