Torture

[Revised entry by Seumas Miller on May 5, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] This entry is in four parts. The first part concerns the definition of torture and addresses the
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[Revised entry by Seumas Miller on May 5, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] This entry is in four parts. The first part concerns the definition of torture and addresses the question, what is torture? The second part concerns the defining features of torture from a moral standpoint and addresses the question, what makes torture inherently morally wrong? For instance, it is generally held that torture is defined in part as the deliberate infliction of extreme suffering and that - by virtue of this defining feature - torture is morally wrong. Note that even actions or practices that are inherently morally wrong might be...

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