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Terrorism and Collective Responsibility : International Library of Sociology (Paperback) - Burleigh Taylor Wilkins

Terrorism and Collective Responsibility

International Library of Sociology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 5th March 1992
ISBN: 9780415041522
Number Of Pages: 114

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"Terrorism and Collective Responsibility" is the first full-length examination of terrorism written by a philosopher. In this controversial study, Burleigh Taylor Wilkins relates terrorism to the problem of collective responsibility, and makes the provocative claim that terrorism may be morally justifiable under certain circumstances.
Wilkins suggests that the popular characterization of terrorists as criminals does not take into account the reasons that terrorists resort to violence, and maintains that terrorism should be distinguished from "ordinary" criminal activity. Wilkins discusses various models of collective responsibility, and relates terrorism to the just war tradition. Central to the book is the author's claim that terrorism cannot be understood apart from the problem of the collective responsibility of organized groups, such as political states, for wrongdoings committed against the groups which the terrorists represent.
Original in its thesis and timely in its examination of an issue crucial to today's world, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the moral issues surrounding terrorism.

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"Wilkins provides an excellent analysis of such issues as collective responsibility in Nazi Germany and the distribution of fault in the My Lai massacre. Anyone seriously interested in questions concerning terrorism or collective responsibility will wish to read this book." -"Ethics

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Terrorismp. 13
Can Terrorism Be Justified?p. 15
Terrorism and Consequentialismp. 33
Violence and Forcep. 49
Innocence, Just Wars, and Terrorismp. 65
Collective Responsibilityp. 75
Responsibility for the My Lai Massacrep. 77
The Responsibility of Corporationsp. 103
The Distribution of Liabilityp. 127
Notesp. 150
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780415041522
ISBN-10: 041504152X
Series: International Library of Sociology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 114
Published: 5th March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1

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