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Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values :  A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values - A C Grayling

Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values

A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values

Paperback Published: 1st April 2010
ISBN: 9781408803073
Number Of Pages: 304

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An impassioned defence of the civil liberties and the rule of law in the face of increasing pressure for ever greater 'security'

'The means of defence against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home' - James Madison. Our societies, says Anthony Grayling, are under attack not only from the threat of terrorism, but also from our governments' attempts to fight that threat by reducing freedom in our own societies - think the 42-day detention controversy, CCTV surveillance, increasing invasion of privacy, ID Cards, not to mention Abu Ghraib, rendition, Guantanamo. As Grayling says: 'There should be a special place for political irony in the catalogues of human folly.

Starting a war 'to promote freedom and democracy' could in certain though rare circumstances be a justified act; but in the case of the Second Gulf War that began in 2003, which involved reacting to criminals hiding in one country (Al Qaeda in Afghanistan or Pakistan) by invading another country (Iraq), one of the main fronts has, dismayingly, been the home front, where the War on Terror takes the form of a War on Civil Liberties in the spurious name of security. To defend 'freedom and democracy', Western governments attack and diminish freedom and democracy in their own country.

By this logic, someone will eventually have to invade the US and UK to restore freedom and democracy to them.' In this lucid and timely book Grayling sets out what's at risk, engages with the arguments for and against examining the cases made by Isaiah Berlin and Ronald Dworkin on the one hand, and Roger Scruton and John Gray on the other, and finally proposes a different way to respond that makes defending the civil liberties on which western society is founded the cornerstone for defeating terrorism.

Praise for Towards the Light 'A rollicking defence of Freedom and Enlightenment in the style of Tom Paine or William Godwin' Spectator 'The even-handed tone of philosophy professor AC Grayling's latest book does not lessen the intensity of its polemical content ... Grayling underlines the seriousness of today's threats to our liberties' Metro

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Forewordp. 1
Defending Liberties
Introduction to Part Ip. 9
Liberty and Terrorismp. 17
Compromising Libertyp. 26
Why Liberty Mattersp. 30
Identity and Identitiesp. 37
Equality and Justicep. 47
Civil Liberties in the Westp. 56
Free Speech and Censorshipp. 63
Free Speech and Civil Libertiesp. 69
Tolerancep. 76
The 'War on Terror'p. 85
Combating Terrorismp. 90
Surveillance and Identityp. 98
Identity for Salep. 105
Privacyp. 110
Democracyp. 116
We the Peoplep. 125
Civil Liberties and Human Rightsp. 131
Introduction to Part IIp. 155
Liberty and Enlightenment Valuesp. 157
Isaiah Berlin and Libertyp. 161
Ronald Dworkin and Libertyp. 168
Roger Scruton and Sentimental Reactionp. 172
John Gray and the Pose of Pessimismp. 179
Slavoj Zizek and the Inversion of Valuesp. 190
John Ralston Saul and Voltaire's Bastardsp. 197
Tzvetan Todorov: Hope and the Goodp. 203
History and Progress in the Twentieth Centuryp. 211
Justice at Last?p. 216
Laws and measures that have reduced civil liberties in the United Kingdom and the United States in recent yearsp. 227
The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 245
The European Convention on Human Rightsp. 253
The Human Rights Actp. 260
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9781408803073
ISBN-10: 1408803070
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

A.C. Grayling

About the Author

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society.

He is the author of many books, including The Meaning of Things and Towards the Light: The Story of the Struggles for Liberty in the Modern West, and has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect. He has been a Booker Prize judge and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news.

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