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A Delicate Balance : What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Terrorism - Trudy Govier

A Delicate Balance

What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Terrorism

Paperback Published: 22nd July 2004
ISBN: 9780813342719
Number Of Pages: 192

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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 Rawls's 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.

Prefacep. vii
Vulnerabilityp. 1
Victimsp. 11
Evilp. 21
Hatredp. 31
Revengep. 43
Powerp. 53
Justicep. 65
Violencep. 79
Responsibilityp. 93
Kindnessp. 103
Couragep. 111
Perspectivep. 123
Lifep. 137
Vindicationp. 149
Hopep. 159
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780813342719
ISBN-10: 0813342716
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22nd July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition