On the Ethics of Torture

2014.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Uwe Steinhoff, On the Ethics of Torture, SUNY Press, 2013, 191pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781438446226. Reviewed by Gregory
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2014.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Uwe Steinhoff, On the Ethics of Torture, SUNY Press, 2013, 191pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781438446226. Reviewed by Gregory Fried, Suffolk University Torture is a problem from hell. Confronting torture seriously means weighing some of our most cherished principles and traditions against threats that once might have seemed fantastical but after 9/11 no longer do. On the one hand is a long-standing taboo against torture as a profound violation of human dignity. Deeply influential institutions, such as the Catholic Church,[1] have taken an absolutist stand against torture, and the United Nations Convention against Torture, to which the United States is a signatory, allows "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever" to undermine a total ban on the practice.[2] On the other hand are harrowing scenarios, some hypothetical but others now all too real, which pinion us with a desperate need for. . .

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