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Confronting Torture

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

Edited by Scott A. Anderson and Martha C. Nussbaum

Confronting Torture

Edited by Scott A. Anderson and Martha C. Nussbaum

384 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226529417 Published April 2018
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226529387 Published April 2018
E-book $10.00 to $35.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226529554 Published April 2018
Torture has lately become front page news, featured in popular movies and TV shows, and a topic of intense public debate. It grips our imagination, in part because torturing someone seems to be an unthinkable breach of humanity—theirs and ours. And yet, when confronted with horrendous events in war, or the prospect of catastrophic damage to one’s own country, many come to wonder whether we can really afford to abstain entirely from torture. Before trying to tackle this dilemma, though, we need to see torture as a multifaceted problem with a long history and numerous ethical and legal aspects.

Confronting Torture offers a multidisciplinary investigation of this wrenching topic. Editors Scott A. Anderson and Martha C. Nussbaum bring together a diversity of scholars to grapple with many of torture’s complexities, including:  How should we understand the impetus to use torture? Why does torture stand out as a particularly heinous means of war-fighting? Are there any sound justifications for the use of torture? How does torture affect the societies that employ it? And how can we develop ethical or political bulwarks to prevent its use? The essays here resist the temptation to oversimplify torture, drawing together work from scholars in psychology, history, sociology, law, and philosophy, deepening and broadening our grasp of the subject. Now, more than ever, torture is something we must think about; this important book offers a diversity of timely, constructive responses on this resurgent and controversial subject.
 
Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
SCOTT A. ANDERSON

PART I: A TRIUMPH OVER TORTURE, TOLD BY A SURVIVOR

ONE / Tales of Terrorism and Torture: The Soft Vengeance of Justice
ALBIE SACHS

PART II : PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON TORTURE

TWO / The Many Faces of Torture: A Psychological Perspective
WILLIAM GORMAN AND SANDRA G. ZAKOWSKI

THREE / Stoic Equanimity in the Face of Torture
NANCY SHERMAN

FOUR / Gender Performance Requirements of the US Military in the War on Islamic Terrorism
MARY ANNE CASE

PART III: TORTURE IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT

FIVE / The Fragility of Evidence: Torture in Ancient Rome
KATHLEEN M. COLEMAN

SIX / US Torture of Prisoners of War in Historical Perspective: The Role of Delegitimization
CHRISTOPHER J. EINOLF

SEVEN / Police Interrogation and Coercion in Domestic American History: Lessons for the War on Terror
RICHARD A. LEO AND K. ALEXA KOENIG

PART IV : THE ETHICS OF TORTURE

EIGHT / The Ticking Bomb Hypothetical
MARCIA BARON

NINE / Torture and Method in Moral Philosophy
JEFF MCMAHAN

TEN / Torture, Self- Defense, and Fighting Dirty
DAVID SUSSMAN

ELEVEN / Torture as Unjust Means of War: To Squelch the Sirens’ Singing
SCOTT A. ANDERSON

PART V: TORTURE IN US LAW AND POLICY

TWELVE / Torture and Positive Law: Jurisprudence for the White House
JEREMY WALDRON

THIRTEEN / In Defense of Lawfare: The Value of Litigation in Challenging Torture
LISA HAJJAR

FOURTEEN / Tortured Prosecutions: Holding Private Military Contractors Accountable
GARRETT ORDOWER

List of Contributors
Index
 
Review Quotes
Henry Shue, University of Oxford
“Scott Anderson and Martha Nussbaum’s Confronting Torture is an excellent, fresh, diverse, and unusual collection, with a number of chapters that consider topics rarely examined in books on torture.”
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