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International Journal of Social Science and Education Research

Vol. 1, Issue 1, Part A (2019)

Terrorism and the dialectics of power-game


Dr. Anthony Ichuloi

Terrorism is a thoughtful and passionately contested issue that continues to adversely affect society, thereby necessitating reflections to establish its philosophy. The article argues that terrorism is not so much about its definition, but rather its self-geared philosophy of power-game dialectics. The actors in the terrorist game posit their invented opposite as opponent in the game who exists to affirm their power. Terrorism is a highly charged self-power game and any attempt to divorce it from the power-game undertones is to miss the mark.Acts of terror are only means to achieve the desired power. The article further claims that since terrorism is rooted in the person of the “Self-for-power” to be affirmed in the person of the posited “Other” as it’s opposite, any attempt to find solutions to this problem should be centered upon changing the method from military interventions and policies imbued with the retaliatory undertones to society itself. The entire reflection is informed by the critical theory of society and is constructed on three aspects: the “economy” of terrorism, victory or defeat Game and possible inward-looking solutions to terrorism.

Pages: 29-36  |  1337 Views  349 Downloads

International Journal of Social Science and Education Research
How to cite this article:
Dr. Anthony Ichuloi. Terrorism and the dialectics of power-game. Int. J. Social Sci. Educ. Res. 2019;1(1):29-36. DOI: 10.33545/26649845.2019.v1.i1a.4
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