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Sep 10, 2019
| ISBN 9781912248582
Sep 10, 2019
| ISBN 9781912248599
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Sep 10, 2019 | ISBN 9781912248582
Sep 10, 2019 | ISBN 9781912248599
From Batman Begins to Tom Clancy, How to Justify Torture shows how contemporary culture creates simplified narratives about good guy torturers and bad guy victims, how dangerous this is politically, and what we can do to challenge it.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.
“As passionate as it is rigorous… Anyone sickened by the global re-emergence of torture as a “tool of justice” will find resources for resistance here.” — Bob Brecher, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Brighton
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