"Strikingly original and important." Tom Flanagan, University of Calgary "Gairdner's intellectual range and control his material is breathtaking ... almost no one writing today has the command of the literature in as many disciplines as this author has." Ian Gentles, York University, OntarioFrom the Publisher:
State torture has found an increasing number of defenders in law, philosophy, and public policy. Their defences often ignore the empirical literature on torture and thus misunderstand its nature and the damage it does, as well as accepting the illusory benefits it promises. Richard Matthews challenges the increasing acceptability of state-sponsored torture interrogation, repudiating any possible justifications.He confronts its various supporters - ticking time bomb and tragic choice theorists, utilitarians, legal scholars - and draws from philosophy, medicine, psychiatry, survivor and torturer narratives, history, feminism, the experience of working intelligence officials, anthropology, and game theory to illustrate that no moral justification for torture can be supported. "The Absolute Violation" is essential reading for philosophers, lawyers, judges, human rights activists, military, police and intelligence officers, medical professionals, and anyone who is interested in forcefully countering the recent trend towards moral justification of torture.
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