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Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury

J. M. Bernstein


Human beings are intrinsically vulnerable, injurable, and dependent creatures. For this reason, the primary source for the meaning of morals is the experience of moral injury. Through investigating what is suffered in torture and rape, a conception of moral injury is constructed. No matter how physically painful, moral injuries always involve an injury to the status of an individual as a person, a violent devaluing or degrading of the victim. Humiliation is the everyday version of such injuring; devastation (the moral version of trauma) is the extreme version that occurs as a consequence of to ... More

Keywords: devastation, dignity, moral injury, rape, recognition, rule of law, trust, vulnerable

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226266329
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226266466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. M. Bernstein, author
New School for Social Research

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