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Confronting Evils : Terrorism, Torture, Genocide - Claudia Card

Confronting Evils

Terrorism, Torture, Genocide

Hardcover Published: 6th September 2010
ISBN: 9780521899611
Number Of Pages: 329

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"In this new contribution to philosophical ethics, Claudia Card revisits the theory of evil developed in her earlier book The Atrocity Paradigm (2002), and expands it to consider collectively perpetrated and collectively suffered atrocities. Redefining evil as a secular concept and focusing on the inexcusability - rather than the culpability - of atrocities, Card examines the tension between responding to evils and preserving humanitarian values. This stimulating and often provocative book contends that understanding the evils in terrorism, torture and genocide enables us to recognise similar evils in everyday life: daily life under oppressive regimes and in racist environments; violence against women, including in the home; violence and executions in prisons; hate crimes; and violence against animals. Card analyses torture, terrorism and genocide in the light of recent atrocities, considering whether there can be moral justifications for terrorism and torture, and providing conceptual tools to distinguish genocide from non-genocidal mass slaughter"--Provided by publisher.

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'With this book, written with her characteristic clarity, precision, and thoroughness, Claudia Card strengthens and extends her important philosophical investigation of evil. Her analysis of the distinction between evil and lesser injustices, and the distinctions between evil, radical evil, and diabolical evil are of enduring significance for philosophy. So is her calm, unblinking confrontation with a wide range of the horrific evils of our age.' Lawrence C. Becker, Hollins University
'The question of how to respond to evils has received insufficient attention in both the literature on evil and in philosophical discussions of terrorism, torture, and genocide ... Card's book is a very valuable addition to philosophical discourse on evil.' Jessica Wolfendale, Social Theory and Practice
"[This book] will be of interest chiefly to students of philosophy ... This clearly written, tightly argued book is recommended for academic libraries ... Recommended ..." M. Amstutz, Choice
"... Card argues that both torture and genocide are inexcusable, while terrorism of different kinds may be morally permissible depending on the circumstances. She engages in a good deal of the recent philosophical and other discussion of the ethics of these controversial practices, and she covers both prominent and less well-known cases. Her arguments are carefully and systematically presented, and this book will be an excellent resource for anyone wanting to investigate these topics in depth." Christian Perring, Philosophy in Review
"The question of how to respond to evils has received insufficient attention in both the literature on evil and in philosophical discussions of terrorism, torture, and genocide ... Card's book is a very valuable addition to philosophical discourse on evil." Jessica Wolfendale, Social Theory and Practice

Preface and acknowledgementsp. xi
List of acronyms and abbreviationsp. xviii
The concept of evilp. 1
Inexecusable wrongsp. 3
The Atrocity Paradigmp. 5
Demythologizing evil: Arendt, Milgram, and Zimbardop. 10
Overview of revisionsp. 16
Moral excusesp. 18
Ordinary evilsp. 24
Institutional evil: the case of the death penaltyp. 27
Between good and evilp. 36
Kant's theses on radical evilp. 37
Kant's moral excluded middlep. 40
Evil vs. lesser wrongsp. 46
Two ways to lack unity in the willp. 50
Grazy zonesp. 56
Diabolical evil revisitedp. 57
Complicity in structural evilsp. 62
Collectively perpetrated evilsp. 62
Institutions and social structurep. 68
Oppressionp. 71
Structural groupsp. 76
Complicity in evil practicesp. 82
To whom (or to what) can evils be done?p. 88
Contexts and problematic casesp. 88
Harm and well-beingp. 95
What makes harm intolerable?p. 100
Degradation and the capacity approach to harmp. 103
Trees as victimsp. 106
The ôlivesö of ecosystems, species, and Giap. 110
Harm to human groupsp. 114
Concluding questionsp. 117
Terrorism, torture, genocidep. 121
Counterterrorismp. 123
Hobbesian and Kantian approachesp. 125
International rules of war vs. subjective improvisations of terrorismp. 136
The military model of counterrorismp. 138
An analogy with private counterrorismsp. 141
Justice for the inputp. 145
Low-profile terrorismp. 149
Two models of terrorismp. 151
War on terrorism and the group target modelp. 157
Rape terrorismp. 159
Beyond the two modelsp. 162
How terrorism worksp. 166
Conscientious torture?p. 173
The revived torture debatesp. 176
The misnamed ôone-offö casep. 183
Dershowitz, the ticking bomb, and torture warrantsp. 186
The failures of excuses for conscientious torturep. 193
Ordinary torturep. 205
The experience of Jean Améryp. 208
The UN definitionp. 210
Applying the UN definition to the ôcleanö techniquesp. 213
Five kinds of ordinary, mostly civilian, torturep. 224
What Bentham's definition missesp. 234
Genocide is social deathp. 237
Prologuep. 237
The concept of genocide and philosophical reflection on genocidep. 241
The murder of groupsp. 246
The UN definition of ôgenocideöp. 255
The specific evil of genocidep. 261
Genocide by forced impregnationp. 267
A paradoxp. 267
The Brana plan for ethnic cleansingp. 268
How can expulsion and mass rape aimed at expulsion be genocidal?p. 272
ôIn whole or in partöp. 276
Hate crimes and assimilationsp. 280
The ôlogical glitchöp. 283
Sperm as a biological weaponp. 287
Bibliographyp. 294
List of films referred top. 312
List of websites for international documentsp. 314
Indexp. 316
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ISBN: 9780521899611
ISBN-10: 0521899613
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 329
Published: 6th September 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.68