Accession Number:

ADA196648

Title:

The Nature and Evaluation of Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

347.0

Abstract:

This dissertation attempts to dissolve the often made claim that one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter by providing an explication of terrorism that can be heuristicly useful to the social scientist concerned to make empirical generalizations about the subject as well as to the philosopher concerned to evaluate occurrences of terrorism from the moral point of view. In chapter one, I provide historical background for this attempt by discussing two historical struggles of groups that have been called terrorists, the Irish Republican Army and the Irgun Zvai Leumi. In chapter two, I explicate terrorism as a closely related family of terms which can be identified by reference to a full-featured form of terrorism which I call proto-typical terrorism. In chapter three, I first argue that the features of proto-typical terrorism make terrorism prima facie wrong. I then present general criteria that can be used to morally evaluate particular occurrences of terrorism and show how a contractarian would apply these criteria to the questions What protections are due to the innocent and When does a group of persons have a right to a nation state.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE