Torture : A Collection: A Collection (Google eBook)

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Sanford Levinson St. John Garwood Chair in Law University of Texas School of Law
Oxford University Press, Oct 28, 2004 - Political Science - 328 pages
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Torture is perhaps the most unequivocally banned practice in the world today. Yet within six weeks after September 11, articles began appearing suggesting that torture might be "required" in order to interrogate suspected terrorists about future possibilities of violence. 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. It is known that the United States sent some suspected terrorists to allied countries that are well known to engage in torture. And in terror's wake, the use of such methods, at least under some conditions, has gained some prominent defenders. Torture: A Collection brings together leading lawyers, political theorists, social scientists, and public intellectuals to debate the advisability of maintaining the absolute ban on torture and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do--or do not--adhere to it in all circumstances. One important question is how we define torture at all. Are "cruel and inhumane" practices that result in profound physical or mental discomfort tolerable so long as they do not meet some definition of "torture"? And how much "transparency" do we really want with regard to interrogation practices? Is "don't ask, don't tell" an acceptable response to those who concern themselves about these practices? Addressing these questions and more, this book tackles one of the most controversial issues that we face today. The noted contributors include Ariel Dorfman, Elaine Scarry, Alan Dershowitz, Judge Richard Posner, Michael Walzer, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and other lawyers from both the United States and abroad.

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

Very comprehensive with different perspectives, all arguing on the morality and legal binds of torture. Read full review

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User Review  - Sandra - Goodreads

Some good points, including some by Posner. Though I understand the need for transparency, I can't say that I agree with Dershowitz's theory of torture warrants. Read full review


The Tyranny of Terror Is Torture Inevitable in Our Century and Beyond?
An Introduction
Philosophical Considerations
Torture as Practiced
Contemporary Attempts to Abolish Torture through Law
Reflections on the PostSeptember 11 Debate about Legalizing Torture

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Sanford Levinson is professor of law and government at the University of Texas Law School and a frequent visitor at the Harvard and Yale law schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include "Our Undemocratic Constitution.

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