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"The truth is noisy, and nobody propounds it more vehemently than the political philosopher Ted Honderich. . . . His is a name known to every philosophy student, and in his long career he has been connected to all the leading figures in English philosophy."-The Independent(London)
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"[Honderich's] readiness to accept the most startling implications of his views, the patience he displays in examining alternatives to them, his assiduity in setting out and trying to meet a wide range of objections, are all highly credible to him."-AJ Ayer, in LondonReview of Books
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Philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four contentious current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis. Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9/11 and London's 7/7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflicted-ridden era.
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Ted Honderich, Britain's foremost radical philosopher, is Grote professor emeritus at University College London and a visiting professor at the University of Bath. He is internationally recognized for his numerous books on philosophy, including Punishment: The Supposed Justifications Revisited, Conservatism, Terrorism for Humanity, After the Terror, and How Free Are You? He is also the editor of the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

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If we are to judge acts of political violence, be they terrorist attacks or "wars on terror," we must judge them by the same moral principle, insists Honderich (emeritus, U. College London, UK) in this work of political philosophy. The moral principle he proposes is the Principle of Humanity, which says that one should rationally act so that humans, all humans, are not deprived of a decent length of life, bodily well-being, freedom and power, respect and self-respect, goods of relationship, and goods of culture. Applying this moral yardstick to George W. Bush's "War on Terror" and associated events, he arrives at uncomfortable conclusions for British and American politicians and their supporters. He argues that the Zionism and the Zionist terrorism that aided in the founding of Israel had their wrongs, but their rights outweighed those wrongs. However, in going beyond the 1967 borders, Israel and its American enablers are now engaged in what Honderich terms neo-Zionism, which is not only wrong but to a certain extent justifies acts of Palestinian terrorism. Similarly, the attacks of September 11th were wrong and Osama Bin Laden can justly be condemned for them (even more than the highjackers themselves), but the US must recognize that in promoting neo-Zionism it has a share of moral responsibility for the attacks as well. Further, the September 11th attacks should be seen in the context of other violations of the Principle of Humanity, such as the failure of the rich world to address poverty in Africa, which kills far more humans daily than the September 11th attacks, or the Iraq War, which is simply state terrorism. He concludes with similar reflections on the March 7th, 2005, train bombings in London. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A critical look at contemporary moral responsibility by our most controversial living philosopher.

Synopsis:

Philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four shattering current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis. Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9-11 and Londons 7-7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflict-ridden era.

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“The truth is noisy, and nobody propounds it more vehemently than the political philosopher Ted Honderich. . . . His is a name known to every philosophy student, and in his long career he has been connected to all the leading figures in English philosophy.”—The Independent

 

“Ted Honderich makes a powerful case that ‘an easy answer is wrong,’ so that to find the right answer . . . will be anything but easy. His inquiry explores some of the most painful and controversial issues of the day. It merits, and will reward, careful reflection.”—Noam Chomsky

 

Philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four contentious current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis. Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9/11 and London’s 7/7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflict--ridden era.

About the Author

Ted Honderich has been Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London and taught at Yale and CUNY. He is the author of the most-translated living philosopher's book, "How Free Are You?", and he is the editor of the most-used one-volume reference work of its kind, "The Oxford Companion to Philosophy".

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9781583227367
Author:
Honderich, Ted
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
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Seven Stories Press
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Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Political
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Essays
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Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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United States - 20th Century
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Moral and ethical aspects
Subject:
Right and wrong
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Iraq War, 2003- - Moral and ethical aspects
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Arab-Israeli conflict
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History : United States - 20th Century
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Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.6 in 10 oz

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A critical look at contemporary moral responsibility by our most controversial living philosopher.
"Synopsis" by , Philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four shattering current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis. Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9-11 and Londons 7-7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflict-ridden era.
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“The truth is noisy, and nobody propounds it more vehemently than the political philosopher Ted Honderich. . . . His is a name known to every philosophy student, and in his long career he has been connected to all the leading figures in English philosophy.”—The Independent

 

“Ted Honderich makes a powerful case that ‘an easy answer is wrong,’ so that to find the right answer . . . will be anything but easy. His inquiry explores some of the most painful and controversial issues of the day. It merits, and will reward, careful reflection.”—Noam Chomsky

 

Philosopher Ted Honderich insightfully relates four contentious current events in this articulate, well-reasoned moral and political analysis. Exploring the war in Iraq, the controversy in Palestine, and the tragic events of 9/11 and London’s 7/7, Honderich elucidates the great questions of right and wrong in a conflict--ridden era.

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