Human Security in the Midst of Terrorism: A Philosophical Analysis



Dr. Alma S. Santiago

Professor, Philosophy Department in

St. Scholastica’s College and

Dela Salle – College of St. Benilde

(A Philosophical Analysis of Global Terrorism)

Terrorist groups generally have few members, limited firepower and comparatively few organizational resources.   For this reason, they rely on dramatic, often spectacular, bloody and destructive acts of hit-and-violence to attract attention to themselves and their cause. Through the publicity generated by their violence, terrorists seek to obtain the leverage, influence and power they otherwise lack.   In a democratic country like the Philippines, terrorism was provided a fertile ground. 


Reasoning, from a Levinasian perspective, would demand that we respond to and hence try to understand why the other — terrorists here – do what they do.


Our response to terrorism has to be broad. When we choose our ideologies and mythologies, we should never lose sight of the ethical enigma written in the vulnerable face of the other human. It is here that I propose Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophy of the Other focusing on the ethics of vulnerability and the hermeneutics of trust to shed light on the meaning of human security and to offer an alternative approach to the problem of terrorism. (From the author)


Venue:  Tahilan Residence and Study Center,  2396 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila

Date:     September 16, 2006  (Saturday)      

Time:     4:30 PM

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