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Understanding torture, J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Label
Understanding torture
Title
Understanding torture
Statement of responsibility
J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 book, the author 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, he aims to provide an over-arching account of torture: what it is, why it is wrong, and why even the most civilized people can nevertheless engage in it
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Cataloging source
UKM
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Wisnewski, Jeremy
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8593
LC item number
.W579 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Contemporary ethical debates
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Torture
Label
Understanding torture, J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-259) and index
Contents
The persistence of torture : an affliction that won't go away -- The history of torture : a sketch -- The wrongness of torture : identifying torture's unique despicability -- How torture unmakes worlds -- Thinking through torture's temptations, part one : arguments for torture -- Thinking through torture's temptations, part two : arguments against torture -- The psychology of torture -- The politics of torture : Orwellian themes in the Bush League -- Hope amid pessimism : concluding reflections on ending torture
Control code
619919221
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 273 p.
Isbn
9780748635382
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011488865
System control number
(OCoLC)619919221
Label
Understanding torture, J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-259) and index
Contents
The persistence of torture : an affliction that won't go away -- The history of torture : a sketch -- The wrongness of torture : identifying torture's unique despicability -- How torture unmakes worlds -- Thinking through torture's temptations, part one : arguments for torture -- Thinking through torture's temptations, part two : arguments against torture -- The psychology of torture -- The politics of torture : Orwellian themes in the Bush League -- Hope amid pessimism : concluding reflections on ending torture
Control code
619919221
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 273 p.
Isbn
9780748635382
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2011488865
System control number
(OCoLC)619919221

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