© 2004


The Philosophical Issues

  • Igor Primoratz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Definitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. C. A. J. Tony Coadγ
      Pages 3-14
    3. Igor Primoratz
      Pages 15-27
  3. Justifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Leon Trotsky
      Pages 31-43
    3. Nick Fotion
      Pages 44-54
    4. Virginia Held
      Pages 65-79
    5. C. A. J. Tony Coady
      Pages 80-96
    6. Uwe Steinhoff
      Pages 97-109
  4. State Terrorism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Igor Primoratz
      Pages 113-127
  5. Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Stephen A. Garrett
      Pages 141-160
    3. Peter Simpson
      Pages 161-174
    4. Tomis Kapitan
      Pages 175-191
    5. Burton M. Leiser
      Pages 192-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-215

About this book


The first comprehensive discussion of all the main philosophical issues raised by terrorism against the background of its past and recent developments. Prominent philosophers discuss definitions of terrorism, various approaches to its moral evaluation, and the contentious subject of state terrorism. Also included are four case studies, showing how the concepts and arguments philosophers deploy in discussing violence, war and terrorism apply to particular instances of both insurgent and state terrorism, ranging from World War II to September 11, 2001.


morality philosophy terrorism violence war

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Primoratz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyThe Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public EthicsUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

About the editors

C.A.J. COADY Professorial Fellow in Applied Philosophy, University of Melbourne division of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australia N. FOTION Professor of Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA S.A. GARRETT Professor, Graduate School of International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California, USA V. HELD Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Graduate School, City University of New York, USA T. KAPITAN Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, USA D. LACKEY Professor of Philosophy, Baruch College and the Graduate School, City University of New York, USA B.M. LEISER Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University, New York, USA P. SIMPSON Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA U. STEINHOFF Research Associate at the CIS-Leverhulme program on 'The Changing Character of War' at Oxford University, UK R. YOUNG Reader in Philosophy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Bibliographic information


'We are fighting it, so we may as well understand what it is!...Anyone remotely interested in the post- 9/11 world will find something worthwhile in this thought-provoking volume.' -

'Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues offers insight into many of the important philosophical issues surrounding terrorism. The author draws on a number of disciplines including sociology, psychology, and history to help clarify matters of terrorism that defy simle definitions and categorization.' - Jason C. Robinson, The European Legacy

' excellent example of applied philosophy, in which philosophical theory and empirical research are brought into mutually illuminating contact.' - Andrew Alexandra, The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly