How to Justify Torture

How to Justify Torture Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario

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Paperback (10 Sep 2019) | English

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Synopsis

If there was a bomb hidden somewhere in a major city, and you had the person responsible in your custody, would you torture them to get the information needed to stop the bomb exploding, preventing a devastating terrorist attack and saving thousands of lives?This is the ticking bomb scenario - a thought experiment designed to demonstrate that torture can be justified.In How to Justify Torture, cultural critic Alex Adams examines the ticking bomb scenario in-depth, looking at the ways it is presented in films, novels, and TV shows - from Batman Begins and Dirty Harry to French military thrillers and home invasion narratives. By critiquing its argument step by step, this short, provocative book reminds us that, despite what the ticking bomb scenario will have us believe, torture can never be justified.

Book information

ISBN: 9781912248582
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
Imprint: Repeater
Pub date:
Edition: New edition 1
DEWEY: 179.75
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 168g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 10mm