Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (2):331-349 (2017)

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Gerald Lang
University of Leeds
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Steinhoff defends the moral and legal permissibility of torture in a limited range of circumstances. This article criticizes Steinhoff’s arguments. The analogy between ordinary defensive violence and defensive torture which Steinhoff argues for is partly spoiled by the presence, within defensive torture, of opportunistic harm, in addition to eliminative harm. Steinhoff’s arguments that the mere legalization of defensive torture would not metastasize into a more full-fledged institutionalization of torture are also found wanting. As a minimal form of institutionalization, the mere legalization of torture would already be at risk of further entrenchment and growth.
Keywords Torture  Defensive violence  Eliminative harming  Opportunistic harming  Legalization  Institutionalization
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