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Terrorism and Several Moral Distinctions

F. M. Kamm

in The Moral Target

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199897520
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897520.003.0008

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

Terrorism and Several Moral Distinctions

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This chapter investigates various factors that may explain why the standard practice of terrorism is morally wrong, even if other forms of killing are occasionally permissible. It considers whether the use of various types of terror for political—instead of military—use makes terrorism significantly wrong. This chapter ends with a discussion of some cases where terrorism may be permissible. Several moral distinctions that might be important to the morality and conceptual characterization of terrorism are included.

Keywords: terrorism; forms of killing; types of terror; moral distinctions; morality; conceptual characterization

Chapter.  29339 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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