Political Theory

Terrorism and Liberty


The conference explored the problem of terrorism and a free society's response to terrorism, focusing on issues of morality, legality, and potential conflicts between security and liberty.


Conference Readings

“Mumbai Terror Attacks.” CNN Library. http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/18/world/asia/mumbai-terror-attacks/ (2/11/15).

Primoratz, Igor, eds. Terrorism: The Philosophical Issues. Malden: Polity Press, 2013.

Gettleman, Jeffrey and Nicholas Kulish. “Gunmen Kill Dozens in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall.” The New York Times (September 21, 2013): 1-5.

Hassan, Nasra. “An Arsenal of Believers.” New Yorker (November 19, 2001): 36-41.

Hatzfeld, Jean. A Time for Machetes: The Rwandan Genocide: The Killers Speak. London: Serpent’s Tail, 2005.

Honderich, Ted. After the Terror. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002.

Lackey, Douglas. Terrorism. Edited by Igor Primoratz. London: Palgrave, 2004.

Marton, Kati. A Death in Jerusalem. New York: Pantheon, 1994.

Muhlhausen, David B. and Jena Baker McNeill. Terror Trends. Washington: Heritage Foundation, 2011.

Posner, Eric A. and Adrian Vermeule. Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty, and the Courts. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Primoratz, Igor. “Terrorism.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2007, 2011): 1-25.

Pryce-Jones, David, “The Roots of Arab and Muslim Violence” In Political Violence, edited by Paul Hollander, 193-203. Palgrave: Macmillan, 2008.

Waldron, Arthur, “Managed Spontaneity in Rural Political Violence in China” In Political Violence, edited by Paul Hollander, 127-142. Macmillan: Palgrave, 2008.

Walzer, Michael. Arguing About War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.