The trouble with terror: The apologetics of terrorism - A refutation

Tamar Meisels*

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This essay warns against a recent philosophical confusion concerning the definition of "terrorism, which has dominated the post 9/11 literature. Terrorism, it is suggested, is nothing but the intentional random murder of defenseless non-combatants, with the intent of instilling fear of mortal danger amidst a civilian population as a strategy designed to advance political ends. Furthermore, this essay argues that regardless of its "root cause, terrorism is diametrically opposed to the requirements of liberal morality and can only be defended at the expense of relinquishing the most basic of liberal commitments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-483
Number of pages19
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2006


  • Assassination
  • Civilians
  • Combatants
  • Guerrilla
  • Israel
  • Terror
  • Terrorism


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