Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence

2017.03.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vicente Medina, Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 289pp., $80.00
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2017.03.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vicente Medina, Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 289pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781442253513. Reviewed by Georg Meggle, University of Leipzig/American University in Cairo This book is on the ethics of terrorism. And its very title already gives us Medina's position: terrorism, being the sort of political violence it is (i.e., terrorism as understood by Medina), is per se unjustified; so every use of this special sort of political violence must be a misuse that is morally to be condemned. Before spelling out and discussing this position, Medina gives us (chapter 1) a short overview of the history of terrorism. In chapters 2-3 he does what every good philosopher has to start with: develops a map of the semantics of the wide field in question, ending up with an explicit definition of the term "terrorism" as used in his own arguments. Medina's main. . .

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