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- Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
- Seitenzahl: 136
- Erscheinungstermin: 24.04.2017
- ISBN-13: 9781119431367
- Artikelnr.: 52559432
What is Torture?
Dershowitz on Interrogational Torture
Why Write about Torture?
2 The Fantasy of the Ticking Bomb Scenario
Dershowitz's Argument and the Ticking Bomb
Effectiveness and Time
Knowledge and Necessity
The Ticking Bomb Scenario: Conclusion
3 The Consequences of Normalizing Interrogational Torture
Three Positive Claims about the Consequences of Legalizing Interrogational Torture
The Institutionalization of Interrogational Torture
A Torturous Society
4 Torture, Death and Philosophy
Torture, Death and Interrogation
Why No Decent Society Can Torture
Torture, the "War on Terror" and Intellectual Irresponsibility
But What if Torture Really is the Only Possible Way to Avoid Catastrophe?
Two Final Points
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."
"A salutary antidote to those who would waver on the issue[of torture]...Brecher opens up the wider utilitarianimplications that arise."
"Brecher ... does not reflexively dismiss theadvocates of torture ... .He carefully cites the errors oftheir arguments, using logic, expert opinion, and moralreasoning."