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Torture and the Ticking Bomb

Bob Brecher

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie

Beschreibung

This timely and passionate book is the first to address itself toHarvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz's controversialarguments for the limited use of interrogational torture and itslegalisation. * Argues that the respectability Dershowitz's arguments confer onthe view that torture is a legitimate weapon in the war on terrorneeds urgently to be countered * Takes on the advocates of torture on their own utilitariangrounds * Timely and passionately written, in an accessible, jargon-freestyle * Forms part of the provocative and timely Blackwell PublicPhilosophy series

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-Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown StateUniversity
"Brecher relentlessly deconstructs the most misleading hypotheticalof our time. His lively and valuable book shows that even 'noblecause' torture is always counterproductive." Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty StreetChambers <!--end--> "(Dershowitz's) premise is subjected to a withering scrutiny inthis brilliant deconstruction by the moral philosopher Bob Brecher.In a comprehensive critique of the 'ticking bomb' hypothesis,Brecher exposes the moral and intellectual flaws in Dershowitz'sarguments and shows how easily such pragmatic rationalisations canopen the door to the creation of a 'tortuous society'. It's a taskthat Brecher accomplishes with grace, moral passion and unswervinglogic." Red Pepper, March 2008 "Quite simply, this book is the most powerful and comprehensivechallenge available to a piece of intellectual fraud having widecommerce today - that under some hypothetical situation theinfliction of pain to break another's will is morallyjustifiable. The ticking bomb, in Brecher's analysis, is afantasy that hardly yields grounds sufficient for the employment ofinterrogational torture. Here the philosopher's role towardsthat fantasy is quite clear: debunk it!" Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Youngstown State University "A splendid attack on the appalling idea of legalisingtorture." Will Podmore "A salutary antidote to those who would waver on the issue[of torture]...Brecher opens up the wider utilitarianimplications that arise." Planet Magazine "Brecher ... does not reflexively dismiss theadvocates of torture ... .He carefully cites the errors oftheir arguments, using logic, expert opinion, and moralreasoning." PsycCritiques "Brecher relentlessly deconstructs the most misleading hypotheticalof our time. His lively and valuable book shows that even 'noblecause' torture is always counterproductive." -Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty StreetChambers "Quite simply, this book is the most powerful and comprehensivechallenge available to a piece of intellectual fraud having widecommerce today - that under some hypothetical situation theinfliction of pain to break another's will is morallyjustifiable. The ticking bomb, in Brecher's analysis, is afantasy that hardly yields grounds sufficient for the employment ofinterrogational torture. Here the philosopher's role towardsthat fantasy is quite clear: debunk it!"

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Philosophie, Ethik, Philosophy, Angewandte Ethik, Applied Ethics, Ethics