The terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 were profoundly shocking to the international community. New dilemmas now face policy-makers increasingly aware of the inadequacy of existing frameworks for dealing with them, or how to find the answer to the vexed questions: Can terrorism be justified, and, if not, what are the grounds for condemning it? Is 'one man's terrorist another's freedom fighter'? What are the morally appropriate responses to terrorism-diplomatically, militarily and ethically? Terrorism and Justice brings together authors with different attitudes and original perspectives on ethical and practical justifications for terrorism, and different conceptual frameworks for assessing and justifying responses to terrorism - some defend the immunity of non-combatants, others argue that traditional distinctions between combatants and non-combatants do not
Professor Tony Coady is ARC Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics established by the Australian Research Council. Michael O'Keefe is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.