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This timely and passionate book is the first to address itself to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz s controversial arguments for the limited use of interrogational torture and its legalisation. Argues that the respectability Dershowitz's arguments confer on the view that torture is a legitimate weapon in the war on terror needs urgently to be countered Takes on the advocates of torture on their own utilitarian grounds Timely and passionately written, in an accessible, jargon-free style Forms part of the provocative and timely Blackwell Public Philosophy series…mehr

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This timely and passionate book is the first to address itself to Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz s controversial arguments for the limited use of interrogational torture and its legalisation. Argues that the respectability Dershowitz's arguments confer on the view that torture is a legitimate weapon in the war on terror needs urgently to be countered Takes on the advocates of torture on their own utilitarian grounds Timely and passionately written, in an accessible, jargon-free style Forms part of the provocative and timely Blackwell Public Philosophy series

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 136
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24.04.2017
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781119431367
  • Artikelnr.: 52559432
Autorenporträt
Bob Brecher is Reader in Moral Philosophy at the University of Brighton, UK and Director of its Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. He is the author of two previous books, Anselm's Argument: the Logic of Divine Existence and Getting What You Want?: a Critique of Liberal Morality (1998). He has published widely in ethics and social and political philosophy and was the founding editor of the journal Res Publica.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface
ix
1 Introduction
1
What is Torture?
3
Dershowitz on Interrogational Torture
6
Why Write about Torture?
8
The Agenda
11
2 The Fantasy of the Ticking Bomb Scenario
14
Dershowitz's Argument and the Ticking Bomb
14
Who Tortures?
21
Effectiveness and Time
24
Knowledge and Necessity
31
The Ticking Bomb Scenario: Conclusion
38
3 The Consequences of Normalizing Interrogational Torture
40
Some Clarifications
41
Three Positive Claims about the Consequences of Legalizing Interrogational Torture
52
The Institutionalization of Interrogational Torture
57
A Torturous Society
72
4 Torture, Death and Philosophy
75
Torture
76
Torture, Death and Interrogation
79
Why No Decent Society Can Torture
84
Torture, the "War on Terror" and Intellectual Irresponsibility
85
But What if Torture Really is the Only Possible Way to Avoid Catastrophe?
86
Two Final Points
88
Notes
89
Bibliography
109
Index
117
Rezensionen
"Brecher relentlessly deconstructs the most misleading hypotheticalof our time. His lively and valuable book shows that even 'noblecause' torture is always counterproductive."
Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty StreetChambers

"(Dershowitz's) premise is subjected to a withering scrutiny inthis brilliant deconstruction by the moral philosopher Bob Brecher.In a comprehensive critique of the 'ticking bomb' hypothesis,Brecher exposes the moral and intellectual flaws in Dershowitz'sarguments and shows how easily such pragmatic rationalisations canopen the door to the creation of a 'tortuous society'. It's a taskthat Brecher accomplishes with grace, moral passion and unswervinglogic."
Red Pepper, March 2008

"Quite simply, this book is the most powerful and comprehensivechallenge available to a piece of intellectual fraud having widecommerce today - that under some hypothetical situation theinfliction of pain to break another's will is morallyjustifiable. The ticking bomb, in Brecher's analysis, is afantasy that hardly yields grounds sufficient for the employment ofinterrogational torture. Here the philosopher's role towardsthat fantasy is quite clear: debunk it!"
Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University

"A splendid attack on the appalling idea of legalisingtorture."
Will Podmore

"A salutary antidote to those who would waver on the issue[of torture]...Brecher opens up the wider utilitarianimplications that arise."
Planet Magazine

"Brecher ... does not reflexively dismiss theadvocates of torture ... .He carefully cites the errors oftheir arguments, using logic, expert opinion, and moralreasoning."
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