Journal title TEORIA POLITICA
Author/s Caterina Mazza
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 121-144 File size 203 KB
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Torture today: Why not. Reflections on Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo - The empirical evidences and the contemporary discussions get into question the total inadmissibility of torture which has been arranged and fixed on December 10, 1984 by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In fact, in the present time, several US scholars and politicians argue about the possibility to use torture as an adequate instrument to face the grave threat of international terrorism. Thinkers, for their convictions and analysis, part into two opposite positions: "utilitarian" and "absolutistic". The former is based on the Schmittian theory of emergency and on the idea that torture, a wrong practice in itself, can be justifiable if useful instrument to reach a morally higher "good" or to prevent an ethical worse "evil". The latter is grounded on the Kantian imperative as a guide for human choices. By this point of view, torture is absolutely and categorically unjustifiable, also in presence of a great threat for national security. Which reasoning and purposes support the US scholars in this reconsideration of torture as a tool of democracy? Which the actual consequences of these theoretical reflections?
Caterina Mazza, Tortura oggi: perché no! Riflettendo su Abu Ghraib e Guantànamo in "TEORIA POLITICA" 1/2009, pp 121-144, DOI: 10.3280/TP2009-001006