Torture: A Collection

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Sanford Levinson
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 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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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 the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr., Centennial Chair in Law and Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Previous books include Constitutional Faith; Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies; and Wrestling with Diversity. A frequent contributor to academic and popular journals, he has also been a long-time reviewer for the History Book Club.

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