Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics


Defining 'terrorism' in the context of international law

There is no internationally accepted legal definition of terrorism. States often use the term in contradicting ways and their judgement of whether a terrorist act occurred depends on their interests or on the angle they view the situation from, rather than on an analysis of...
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Poverty as a violation of human rights: inhumanity or injustice?

The proposal that poverty ought to be regarded as a violation of human rights and therefore as a condition that ought to be abolished has been presented as 'a new paradigm in the fight against poverty'. In this essay Tom Campbell explores this proposal from...
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The time of reconciliation and the space of politics

Reconciliation is often discussed in terms of restoring moral community, initiated by the perpetrator's acknowledgement of the wrongfulness of his or her act, followed by remorse and reparation, which opens the way for forgiveness and, ultimately, the restoration of community. In this paper, Andrew Schaap...

Obligations to the elderly and generational equity

Do grown up children have obligations to their parents? Do the younger members of a society have obligations to their elders? Most people think that the question in both cases is answered by an appeal to the benefits which those now old conferred on the...
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Cultural property, restitution and value

Demands for restitution of 'cultural property' have become increasingly insistent in recent decades. The campaign of the Greek government for the return of the Elgin (or Parthenon) Marbles is well known, but there are many other examples. In this paper Janna Thompson argues that there...