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- DescriptionState torture has found an increasing number of defenders in law, philosophy, and public policy. Their defences often igre the empirical literature on torture and thus misunderstand its nature and the damage it does, as well as accepting the illusory benefits it promises. Richard Matthews challenges the increasing acceptability of state-sponsored torture interrogation, repudiating any possible justifications.He confronts its various supporters - ticking time bomb and tragic choice theorists, utilitarians, legal scholars - and draws from philosophy, medicine, psychiatry, survivor and torturer narratives, history, feminism, the experience of working intelligence officials, anthropology, and game theory to illustrate that moral justification for torture can be supported. The Absolute Violation is essential reading for philosophers, lawyers, judges, human rights activists, military, police and intelligence officers, medical professionals, and anyone who is interested in forcefully countering the recent trend towards moral justification of torture.
- Author BiographyRichard Matthews is assistant professor of philosophy, Mount Allison University.
- Author(s)Richard Matthews
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication24/07/2008
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Weight386 g
- Width156 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine16 mm
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