How to Justify Torture by Alex Adams audiobook

How to Justify Torture: Inside the Ticking Bomb Scenario

By Alex Adams
Read by Antony Ferguson

Blackstone Publishing 9781912248582
3.52 Hours Unabridged
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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. The ticking bomb scenario is a thought experiment designed to demonstrate that torture can be justified in emergency conditions. If there was a bomb hidden somewhere in a major city, would it be justified to torture a captured informant in order to obtain the critical information that could prevent a devastating terrorist attack? In How to Justify Torture, cultural critic Alex Adams examines this thought experiment in depth by exploring the wide range of cultural productions—from military thrillers, through superhero movies, to home-invasion narratives—which repeatedly ask us this question about torture. By critiquing the argument step by step, this short, provocative book reminds us why torture can never be justified.

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Summary

Summary

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.

The ticking bomb scenario is a thought experiment designed to demonstrate that torture can be justified in emergency conditions. If there was a bomb hidden somewhere in a major city, would it be justified to torture a captured informant in order to obtain the critical information that could prevent a devastating terrorist attack?

In How to Justify Torture, cultural critic Alex Adams examines this thought experiment in depth by exploring the wide range of cultural productions—from military thrillers, through superhero movies, to home-invasion narratives—which repeatedly ask us this question about torture. By critiquing the argument step by step, this short, provocative book reminds us why torture can never be justified.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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, University of Brighton

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Author

Author Bio: Alex Adams

Author Bio: Alex Adams

Alex Adams is a literary and cultural critic and novelist based in northeast England. He was awarded his PhD from Newcastle University in 2014 and has published widely on the subject of torture and popular culture. He likes real ale and dogs.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 3.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English