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Routledge Lecture in Philosophy: Arguing about Torture

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More than 20 years ago, international law declared torture a crime that can never be justified. Yet governments continue to torture, and citizens continue to argue about torture. We argue about ticking bombs, what works and what doesn’t, what is and isn’t torture, whether absolute rules have emergency exceptions. We debate whether to hold politicians, lawyers, and psychologists accountable. The lecture will address these arguments and reflect on the experience of the UK, the United States, and elsewhere.

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