Torture and Moral Integrity : A Philosophical Enquiry
of various modes of conduct. It sophisticatedly defends a deontological conception of morality against some subtle critiques that have been mounted during the past few decades by proponents of consequentialism.
The book tackles a concrete moral problem: a problem that has been heatedly debated during recent years in the governmental and military institutions of many countries as well as in academic circles. At the same time it tackles some very abstract issues in moral and political philosophy. Moreover, as becomes apparent at numerous junctures, the abstract ruminations and the concrete prescriptions are closely connected: Kramer's recommendations concerning the legal consequences of the
perpetration of torture by public officials or private individuals, for example, are based squarely on his more abstract accounts of the nature of torture and the nature of morality. His philosophical reflections on the structure of morality are the vital background for his approach to torture, and his
approach to torture is a natural outgrowth of those philosophical reflections.
- Hardback | 368 pages
- 162 x 240 x 29mm | 700g
- 17 Jun 2014
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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by drawing on a wealth of cases. As a result, Kramers book provides us with an extensive overview of the recent discussion on (interrogational) torture. The manner in which he dissects these interpretations and cases is often illuminating. . . Even if one is not convinced by Kramers distinction
between moral permissibility and moral optimality, the book still provides a comprehensive treatment of the literature on torture. * Thomas Mertens. Netherlands International Law Review * As one would expect from Kramer, he. . .is very convincing in his arguments. [T]he book is well written, concise and engaging. . . Kramer is so convincing in his argument that it will be impossible for a reader to read Dershowitz without recalling the faults considered by Kramer. . . Kramer's book invites lawyers to think again about generally held presuppositions about the legality of torture. * Christy Shucksmith, International Criminal Law Review * Torture and Moral Integrity is an impressively comprehensive treatment of its subject. Kramer painstakingly develops a taxonomy of torture that is far more detailed than is usually found in this literature, and advances acute challenges to many of its most prominent figures (such as Shue, Nagel, and Dershowitz). [H]is book remains a valuable resource for anyone trying to think honestly about the moral and legal status of torture in light of all the purposes
that it might seem to serve. * David Sussman, Law and Philosophy * In Torture and Moral Integrity Matthew Kramer carefully and thoughtfully develops an argument for an absolute moral prohibition on most types of torture. The book's structure reflects Kramer's commitment to starting from the most foundational questions, like the general structure of morality and building up to more practical and concrete questions...Kramer's book is a must for anyone seriously considering the question of torture, for a number of reasons:
one, it is one of the most thorough analyses of the breadth of literature on torture; two, it starts from the most foundational questions and builds up to concrete, practical proposals and three, it is genuinely original. * Jovana Davidovic, Analysis *
About Matthew H. Kramer