Torture and the Inhumane

TitleTorture and the Inhumane
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDavis, M
JournalCriminal Justice Ethics
Volume26
Issue2
Pagination26-43
Date PublishedSummer 2007
ISSN Number1937-5948
KeywordsCriminal Justice , Criminal Justice Ethics
AbstractThis essay presents one conception of torture and gives several reasons why it is better than its rivals. The most important of these reasons is that conceiving torture as a kind of inhumaneness helps explain why morality-like international law-prohibits torture absolutely. Inhuman conduct is distinct from ordinary morality such as killing, maiming, causing pain, and the like. A moral emergency (as in a ticking bomb case) cannot justify inhumanity, whether torture or something else.
DOI10.1080/0731129X.2007.9992216
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