'To be on an airliner and look around and see the people and be able to stick to the plan of flying it into a skyscraper is to be hideous, and to persist if they come to know the plan is to be monstrous.'
'For the 3,000 deaths there are lines of responsibility into the past, as real as chains of command, containing earlier and later perpetrators. We in our democracies are in them, and in particular those of us who have got themselves into our governments.'
After The Terror
This philosophical and moral reflection describes two worlds - ours of good lives and another of bad lives - and questions our complicity in allowing the bad lives to happen. With what morality are we to think of this? And of September 11th, and about our counter-attack, and what to do now?
After the Terror is not moral philosophy detached from reality. It enquires into the 'natural fact' of morality and the worked-out moralities of philosophers. It reaches to the moral core of our lives. Ted Honderich asks why the events of September 11th were wrong and what terrorism tells us about ourselves and our obligations. He does not respect the moral confidence of our leaders and others. He defends a morality of humanity that requires us to think about our lives, and to act up against our democratic governments.
- A serious work of philosophy that looks at the moral issues in the aftermath of September 11th
- Written by a famous philosopher who is widely published
- A courageous, sceptical book that asks tough questions and makes us think about our values
- Written with passion, conviction and honesty
CHAPTER ONE: GOOD LIVES, BAD LIVES
Other Great Goods
Half-Lives and Under-Fives
Less than Half-Lives, and a Reason
Great Goods Again?
Not an Omission
CHAPTER TWO: NATURAL AND OTHER MORALITY
More to Natural Morality, and Its Inescapability
The Principle of Humanity
CHAPTER THREE: DID WE WRONG THEM? DO WE WRONG THEM?
A Morality of Relationship
A General Distinction, and a Mystery [change title on chapter itself]
Libertarianism, Liberalism, Humanity Again
Acts and Omissions
Causes and Conditions
Another Hope, and a Conclusion or Two
CHAPTER FOUR: THE TWIN TOWERS, AND DEMOCRACY
Oneness in Extremity
Definitions of Violence
Why Some Say It Was Wrong
Why September 11 Was Wrong
CHAPTER FIVE: OUR RESPONSIBILITY, AND WHAT TO DO
Our Share in September 11
What Is To Be Done.