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Confronting Torture: Essays on the Ethics, Legality, History, and Psychology of Torture Today

Scott A. Anderson and Martha C. Nussbaum


This book gathers fourteen essays on torture, addressing its complexities from the perspectives of psychology, history, philosophy, law, and cultural commentary. It appears in the wake of the American “War on Terror,” and the apparent evaporation of a broad consensus in international law, the U.S. legal community, and public thinking that torture is never an acceptable act, even in war. The chapters of the book seek to understand the historical and cultural roots of torture; to assess its impacts on survivors, their societies, and those who engage in it or with its victims; to consider philoso ... More

Keywords: absolute prohibitions, ethics of torture, history of torture, international law, law of torture, philosophy of torture, psychology of torture, survivors of torture, torture, War on Terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226529387
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226529554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott A. Anderson, editor
University of British Columbia

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
University of Chicago

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Part I A Triumph over Torture, Told by a Survivor

Part II Psychological Perspectives on Torture

Part III Torture in Historical Context

Part IV The Ethics of Torture

Part V Torture in US Law and Policy

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