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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and TortureA Philosophical Analysis$
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Fritz Allhoff

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226014838

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.001.0001

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The Moral Status of Terrorism

The Moral Status of Terrorism

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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture

Fritz Allhoff

University of Chicago Press

This chapter delves into and examines the moral status of terrorism unencumbered by any definitional commitments. The previous chapter established an account of terrorism that leaves open the question of whether it could ever be morally permissible. There is, in fact, no moral language in the definition at all. This was one reason not to incorporate notions like “innocents” into the definition as such incorporations bring with them a substantial amount of moral baggage. The chapter addresses questions such as: Is terrorism impermissible? If so, why? Even if it is, can it ever be justified?

Keywords:   moral status, definitional commitments, moral language, innocents, moral baggage

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