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Torture: A Collection / Edition 1
     

Torture: A Collection / Edition 1

by Sanford Levinson, Ariel Dorfman
 

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ISBN-10: 0195306465

ISBN-13: 9780195306460

Pub. Date: 08/15/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet recent photographs from Abu Ghraib substantiated claims that the United States and some of its allies are using methods of questioning relating to the war on terrorism that could be described as torture or, at the very least, as inhuman and degrading. In terror's wake, the use of such

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Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet recent photographs from Abu Ghraib substantiated claims that the United States and some of its allies are using methods of questioning relating to the war on terrorism that could be described as torture or, at the very least, as inhuman and degrading. In terror's wake, the use of such methods, at least under some conditions, has gained some prominent defenders, notably from within the White House. In this revised edition, Torture: A Collection brings together leading lawyers, political theorists, social scientists, and public intellectuals to debate the advisability of maintaining the absolute ban and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do—or do not—adhere to it in all circumstances. New to this edition are essays by Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Sullivan on the adoption in 2005 of the McCain Amendment, which explicitly bars the use of torture and other cruel methods of interrogation.

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ISBN-13:
9780195306460
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Tyranny of Terror: Is Torture Inevitable in Our Century and Beyond?, Ariel Dorfman
Acknowledgments
1. Contemplating Torture: An Introduction, Sanford Levinson
Part I: Philosophical Considerations
2. Torture, Henry Shue
3. Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands, Michael Walzer
4. Reflection on the Problem of "Dirty Hands", Jean Bethke Elshtain
Part II: Torture as Practiced
5. The Legal History of Torture, John H. Langbein
6. American Interrogation: From Torture to Trickery, Jerome H. Skolnick
7. The Mental State of Torturers: Argentina's Dirty War, Mark Osiel
Part III: Contemporary Attempts to Abolish Torture through Law
8. Escalation and Necessity: Defining Torture at Home and Abroad, John T. Parry
9. Judgment Concerning the Legality of the General Security Service's Interrogation Methods, Supreme Court of Israel
10. Can the War against Terror Justify the Use of Force in Interrogations? Reflections in Light of the Israeli Experience, Miriam Gur-Arye
11. The Promise and Limits of the International Law of Torture, Oona A. Hathaway
12. The European Convention on Human Rights and Its Prohibition on Torture, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
13. The Prohibition on Torture and the Limits of the Law, Oren Gross
Part IV: Reflections on the Post-September 11 Debate about Legalizing Torture
14. Tortured Reasoning, Alan Dershowitz
15. Five Errors in the Reasoning of Alan Dershowitz, Elaine Scarry
16. Torture, Terrorism, and Interrogation, Richard A. Posner
17. Loose Professionalism, or Why Lawyers Take the Lead on Torture, Richard H. Weisberg
18. The Truth About Torture, Charles Krauthammer
19. The Abolition of Toture, Andrew Sullivan
Contributors
Index

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