The Ethics of Torture, Paperback / softback Book

The Ethics of Torture Paperback / softback


This is the first student-friendly introduction to the philosophical issues surrounding torture.

It is a timely and useful contribution to a highly topical and on-going debate.

Torture has recently been the subject of some sensational headlines.

As a result, there has been a huge surge in interest in the ethical implications of this contentious issue."The Ethics of Torture" offers the first complete introduction to the philosophical debates surrounding torture.

The book asks key questions in light of recent events such as the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib.

What makes torture morally reprehensible? Are there any conditions under which torture is acceptable?

What is it like to be tortured, and why do people engage in torture?

The authors argue that the force of the most common arguments for torture (like the ticking-bomb argument) are significantly overestimated, while the wrongness of torture has been significantly underestimated - even by those who argue against it.This is the ideal introduction to the ethics of torture for students of moral philosophy or political theory. It also constitutes a significant contribution to the torture debate in its own right, presenting a unique approach to investigating this dark practice.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780826498908

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