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Author Matthews, Richard (Assistant professor of philosophy)

Title The absolute violation : why torture must be prohibited / Richard Matthews
Published Montréal [Québec] ; Ithaca [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 238 pages)
Contents Understanding torture -- What about the ticking bomb? -- Why utilitarians must oppose torture -- Torture, tragic choices, and dirty hands -- On neither excusing nor justifying torture
Summary "State torture has found an increasing number of defenders in law, philosophy, and public policy. Their defences often ignore 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 no moral justification for torture can be supported."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-232) and index
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-232)
Notes Print version record
Subject Torture -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009277188
ISBN 0773574824 (electronic bk.)
0773578285 (electronic bk.)
9780773574823 (electronic bk.)
9780773578289 (electronic bk.)