Torture in principle and in practice
Graduate studies at Western
|Abstract||Those of us who oppose torture, and who are acutely conscious of the grave wrongs being committed in our name by our present government, had better be clear and convincing about the basis of our opposition. While I admire the spirit of Ben Juratowitch’s essay, I cannot accept its arguments.i I believe that the case against torture cannot plausibly take an absolutist form and that effective opposition to torture is illserved by appeals to unexplicated and ultimately unserviceable notions such as that torture violates the victim’s human dignity and undermines the perpetrator’s humanity. We fail to take the problem of torture sufficiently seriously if we treat it as a simple matter of civilization versus barbarism, or a choice between respect for human dignity and a collapse into moral degradation and defilement.|
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