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Terrorism, Hegel, Honneth

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Author(s): SINKWAN CHENG

Journal: Las Torres de Lucca : Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política
ISSN 2255-3827

Issue: 2;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: colonialism and decolonization | imagined community | insurgent | recognition | subaltern | state’s monopoly on the legitimate use of force

ABSTRACT
My essay begins by analyzing how Hegel and Honneth’stheory of recognition would seem to lend support to insurgentterrorists’ struggle for the right to self-determination. Insurgentterrorism often looks like a concretization of what Honneth calls themoral protest of the oppressed launched against the dominatingpowers. Insurgent terrorism also bears affinity to the politics ofrecognition in the sense that it challenges the legitimacy and authorityof the forces owned by the state, and seeks to gain public recognitioninstead for the legitimacy of their own cause. Precisely because whatmatters uppermost to terrorists is the gaining of recognition for theircause as just, terrorists are eager to seize the mass media as a meansof spreading their ideas. My essay will end, however, by pointing outmajor differences between insurgent terrorism on the one hand, andHegel and Honneth on the other.
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