Torture: A Collection

Paperback | September 15, 2006

EditorSanford Levinson

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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, atthe 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, socialscientists, 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 2005of the McCain Amendment, which explicitly bars the use of torture and other cruel methods of interrogation.

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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, atthe very least, as inhuman and degrading. In t...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ariel Dorfman: Foreword: The Tyranny of Terror: Is Torture Inevitable in Our Century and Beyond?Acknowledgments1. Sanford Levinson: Contemplating Torture: An IntroductionPart I: Philosophical Considerations2. Henry Shue: Torture3. Michael Walzer: Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands4. Jean Bethke Elshtain: Reflection on the Problem of "Dirty Hands"Part II: Torture as Practiced5. John H. Langbein: The Legal History of Torture6. Jerome H. Skolnick: American Interrogation: From Torture to Trickery7. Mark Osiel: The Mental State of Torturers: Argentina's Dirty WarPart III: Contemporary Attempts to Abolish Torture through Law8. John T. Parry: Escalation and Necessity: Defining Torture at Home and Abroad9. Supreme Court of Israel: Judgment Concerning the Legality of the General Security Service's Interrogation Methods10. Miriam Gur-Arye: Can the War against Terror Justify the Use of Force in Interrogations? Reflections in Light of the Israeli Experience11. Oona A. Hathaway: The Promise and Limits of the International Law of Torture12. Fionnuala Ni Aolain: The European Convention on Human Rights and Its Prohibition on Torture13. Oren Gross: The Prohibition on Torture and the Limits of the LawPart IV: Reflections on the Post-September 11 Debate about Legalizing Torture14. Alan Dershowitz: Tortured Reasoning15. Elaine Scarry: Five Errors in the Reasoning of Alan Dershowitz16. Richard A. Posner: Torture, Terrorism, and Interrogation17. Richard H. Weisberg: Loose Professionalism, or Why Lawyers Take the Lead on Torture18. Charles Krauthammer: The Truth About Torture19. Andrew Sullivan: The Abolition of TotureContributorsIndex

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"Closely argued, well written, and quite readable, these essays jointly constitute a valuable contribution to the field. Recommended for all libraries."--Library Journal