The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary

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Chapter II
Being Tortured

Fortunately the vast majority of us will never experience torture firsthand. We can imagine something of what it is like from the occasions we have each endured pain—that is the starting point of the moral imagination— but there is far more to torture than the experience of pain. The readings in this chapter help us come just a bit closer to understanding what it is like to undergo torture—both physical and psychological. Some of the excerpts are fairly straightforward descriptions of what human beings have the capacity to do to each other. Others elucidate the consciousness that emerges under such extreme circumstances. And all of them take our breath away.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter I - Torture in Western History 11
  • Chapter II - Being Tortured 47
  • Chapter III - Who Are the Torturers? 99
  • Chapter IV - The Dynamics of Torture 153
  • Chapter V - The Social Context of Torture 193
  • Chapter VI - The Ethics of Torture 219
  • Chapter VII - Healing the Victims, Stopping the Torture 283
  • Appendix- Excerpts from Documents 357
  • How to Get Involved 365
  • Notes 367
  • Bibliography 377
  • Acknowledgments 381
  • Credits and Permissions 383
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