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Despite Victor Hugo's 19th-century proclamation that torture no longer exists, we still find it even now, even in those nations that claim to be paradigms of civility. Why is it that torture still exists in a world where it is routinely regarded as immoral? Is it possible to eliminate torture, and if so, how? What exactly does it mean to call something 'torture', and is it ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Edinburgh University Press
(first published September 13th 2010)
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Jan 21, 2016 SpaceBear rated it it was amazing
Wisnewski's account on torture is a comprehensive account, and is a must-read for both beginner's ant experts on the subject. It provides strong arguments against torture, rejecting the ticking time bomb scenario, and additionally providing detailed empirical evidence explaining why institutionalizing torture will always lead to a spiral effect in which torture becomes more and more commonplace. Additionally, he provides a unique analysis for the effect that torture has on the torturer ...more