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Terrorism, Violence and the Ethics of Democracy

Adrian Little

in Democratic Piety

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633654
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633654.003.0006
Terrorism, Violence and the Ethics of Democracy

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One of the reasons why democratic piety has become so prevalent in contemporary politics is the changing social and political climate in this century. The fear of terrorism in Western societies was exacerbated by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, alongside subsequent attacks such as those in Bali, Madrid, and London. This has created a new phase in the conception of terrorism in political theory and, in particular, its implications for democratic theory and practice. This chapter examines the ethical issues that have characterised these debates in recent times and, in particular, contemporary debates on terrorism. It also looks at the problematic status of democratic piety as the actions and ideas associated with democracy are increasingly discredited by the reaction to terrorism in the world today.

Keywords: contemporary politics; democratic piety; 2001 attacks; terrorist attacks

Chapter.  10114 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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