Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury

2016.07.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. M. Bernstein, Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury, University of Chicago Press, 2015, 407pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.07.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. M. Bernstein, Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury, University of Chicago Press, 2015, 407pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226266329. Reviewed by Craig Duncan, Ithaca College J. M. Bernstein’s book is ambitious in its aims. These aims include: to rethink the moral wrong of torture, by portraying it as a form of moral “devastation”; to show that the wrong of rape belongs to the same moral kind as the wrong of torture (in a slogan, “rape is torture”); and to force us to rethink some central notions of moral thought — in particular, the notion of dignity, which Bernstein wants to shift away from its common Kantian associations with rationally autonomous wills, so that we may uncover as-yet unrecognized associations between dignity and the physical human form (“embodiment”), social trust, and love. For reasons that I will explain in what follows, I found the book to be both illuminating and. . .

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