Chapter 2. Defining Terrorism

  1. Seumas Miller

Published Online: 18 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302837.ch2

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy

Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy

How to Cite

Miller, S. (2008) Defining Terrorism, in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302837.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 MAY 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Public Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael Boylan

Series Editor Information

  1. Marymount University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405139427

Online ISBN: 9781444302837

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Keywords:

  • defining terrorism;
  • theorists of terrorism - terrorism is morally indefensible;
  • terrorism definition in terms of innocents and noncombatants;
  • self-defence in well ordered, liberal-democratic society during peacetime;
  • self-defence in context of war;
  • terrorism, combatants and authoritarian states;
  • terrorism - political or military strategies;
  • civilian immunity - Just War Theory and ‘ius in bello condition’;
  • terrorist actions - as actions that ought to be criminalized

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Innocents

  • The Definition of Terrorism in Terms of Non-Combatants

  • Terrorism, Combatants and Authoritarian States

  • The Definition of Terrorism: An Indirect Strategy

  • Conclusion