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What is Terror?

International Philosophy Conference
Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September 2005

Hardly a day goes by without warnings, threats, threats of threats, initiations, accusations and denunciations of 'acts of terror'. We live - and many die - today within what one might call a global horizon of terror, most often couched in terms of a 'global war on terror'.

A three day philosophy conference exploring religious terrorism, the ideological work of legal definitions of terrorism, and many more philosophical aspects of terror, will be held on Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September.

The conference is organised by two leading UK societies for European philosophy: the Forum for European Philosophy, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the Society for European Philosophy. The event will take place at the University of Reading.

The conference brings expert speakers together to explore the pertinent issues faced by world leaders and policy makers today. The final day, Saturday 10 September, will include three themed plenary sessions.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Elleke Boehmer, professor of English, Royal Holloway
  • Paul Davies, reader in philosophy, University of Sussex
  • Michael Dillon, professor of politics and international relations, University of Lancaster
  • Joseph Margolis, professor of philosophy, Temple University
  • Herman Rapaport, professor of English, University of Southampton
  • Robert Brown, council member of the Forum for European Philosophy who speaks at this conference as a victim of terror

What is Terror? will be held at Reading University on Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 September. Registration is required.


Contact: Catherine Lowe, email: c.lowe@lse.ac.uk| to reserve a press seat at this event or for more information.


Forum for European Philosophy
Since its launch in 1996 the Forum for European Philosophy, based at the European Institute, LSE, has gained widespread recognition for its work as an initiator and sponsor of engaging and thoughtful events open to the general public. In all of its activities, the Forum aims to encourage wider participation and promote thought-provoking discussion on issues connected with contemporary cultural and intellectual life. See www.philosophy-forum.org|

Forum for European Philosophy, Room J5, European Institute, Cowdray House, London School of Economics, London, WC2A 2AE. Tel: 020 7955 7539, email: c.lowe@lse.ac.uk|

Society for European Philosophy
Formed in 1998, the Society for European Philosophy aims to bring together all those in Britain who are working in the various non-analytical traditions of European philosophy. Its primary ambition is to hold an annual conference providing a new context for researchers in Modern European Philosophy to meet, and provides a rare opportunity for graduate students working in this area to give papers to peers and academics.

26 August 2005