Torture, Terror, and Trade-Offs: Philosophy for the White House

Paperback | February 15, 2012

byJeremy Waldron

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Jeremy Waldron has been a challenging and influential voice in the moral, political and legal debates surrounding the response to terrorism since 9/11. His contributions have spanned the major controversies of the War on Terror - including the morality and legality of torture, whether securitycan be 'balanced' with liberty, and the relationship between public safety and individual rights. He has also tackled underlying questions essential to understanding the practical debates - including what terrorism is, and what a right to security would entail.This volume collects all Waldron's work on these issues, including six published essays and two previously unpublished essays. It also includes a new introduction in which Waldron presents an overview of his contribution, and looks at the problems currently facing the Obama administration and the UKGovernment in dealing with the legacy of the Bush White House.The volume will be essential reading for all those engaged with contemporary politics, security law, and the continuing struggle for an ethical response to terrorism.

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Jeremy Waldron has been a challenging and influential voice in the moral, political and legal debates surrounding the response to terrorism since 9/11. His contributions have spanned the major controversies of the War on Terror - including the morality and legality of torture, whether securitycan be 'balanced' with liberty, and the rel...

Jeremy Waldron is Professor of Law at the New York University Law School. He is one of the leading figures working in legal and political philosophy and his major works include The Right to Private Property (OUP, 1988), Law and Disagreement (OUP, 1999), and The Dignity of Legislation (1999). He took up the Chichele Professorship in So...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Security and Liberty: the Image of Balance3. Terrorism and the Uses of Terror4. Civilians, Terrorism, and Deadly Serious Conventions5. Safety and Security6. Security as a Basic Right (after 9/11)7. Torture and Positive Law8. What Can Christian Teaching Add to the Debate about Torture?9. Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment: The Words Themselves10. The Rule of International Law

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"This volume enriches the immense body of writing on this subject that has accrued since the September 11th attacks...The author is particularly well qualified to discuss this subject matter having dedicated most of his career to the study of law...The author is an elegant and analyticalphilosopher of law and this latest work is interesting not as much for the arguments discussed as for the points expressed in support of them, which are often articulated with very useful linguistic distinctions and subtle conceptual analyses." --Diritto questioni pubbliche