Terrorism and Intending Evil

F. M. Kamm

in Ethics for Enemies

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608782
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729577 | DOI:

Series: Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Terrorism and Intending Evil

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Chapter 2 is concerned primarily with whether intending to harm a civilian can account for the special wrongness of terrorism, and also whether such an intention is always an indication of the presence of terrorism. It also considers what other factors might make terrorism wrong from a nonconsequentialist perspective and whether it is always wrong. This chapter deals with a practical application of the theoretical question raised by the Doctrine of Double Effect, whether the intention with which an act is done affects the act's permissibility, by considering the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and the UN Convention on International Terrorism.

Keywords: terrorism; intention; civilian; 9/11; world trade center; UN convention on terrorism; nonconsequentialism; doctrine of double effect

Chapter.  19032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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