Terror, Terrorism, States, and Societies: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective

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Samir Kumar Das, Rada Iveković
Women Unlimited, 2010 - Terror - 300 pages
The world today is marked by different kinds of terror individual, state, anarchist, revolutionary, religious, imperial or communal; or the terror of insecurity or catastrophe each with its particular imprint. Their different ideological and philosophical justifications need to be understood, especially now, when distinctions between them have been obliterated by the blanket term, terrorism, and the habit of calling those who practise this generalised ideology, terrorists . This volume contains essays by international scholars, across different disciplines, and engages with several aspects of terror: as historical event; as a generalised discourse of ideology; as a feature in the continuum of violence; as extreme violence ; and as the final marker of identity ascribed, undertaken or imposed. The authors also discuss the historical and discursive relations between democracy and terror, liberalism and the rule of law, the war on terror and the need for legitimacy; and a philosophical engagement with terror. Its scope ranges from the era of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to the instruments of colonial terror, to post-colonialism and the global situation today, post-September 11, 2001. A compelling and sober consideration of one of modernity s most intractable and complex issues.

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