Understanding Torture

Understanding Torture

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Despite Victor Hugo's 19th-century proclamation that torture no longer exists, we still find it even now, even in those nations that claim to be paradigms of civility. Why is it that torture still exists in a world where it is routinely regarded as immoral? Is it possible to eliminate torture, and if so, how? What exactly does it mean to call something 'torture', and is it always morally reprehensible? Arguments in favour of torture abound, but in this important new book, J. Jeremy Wisnewski examines and explains the moral dimensions of this perennial practice, paying careful attention to what lessons torture can teach us about our own moral psychology. By systematically exposing the weaknesses of the dominant arguments for torture, drawing on resources in both analytic and continental philosophy and relevant empirical literature in psychology, Wisnewski aims to provide an over-arching account of torture: what it is, why it's wrong, and why even the most civilized people can nevertheless engage in it.39 It is easy for many to simply take political sides: the Republicans trust Cheney (or, at any rate, the view Cheney is ... When asked whether or not torture was necessary to the victory, General Massu replied: a€œNo, when I think about Algeria, it grieves me. ... huge chemical and bomb making factory, an Arabic manual for building powerful liquid bombs, dozens of fake passports, and ... (Rejali, 507) Moreover, Murad seemed to be prepared to talk even without arguments against torture 153.

Title:Understanding Torture
Author: J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2010-09-13

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