Torture. How denying Moral Standing violates Human Dignity

In Webster Elaine & Kaufmann Paulus (eds.), Violations of Human Dignity. Springer (forthcoming)
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Abstract

In this article I try to elucidate the concept of human dignity by taking a closer look at the features of a paradigmatic torture situation. After identifying the salient aspects of torture, I discuss various accounts for the moral wrongness of such acts and argue that what makes torture a violation of human dignity is the perverted moral relationship between torturer and victim. This idea is subsequently being substantiated and defended against important objections. In the final part of the chapter I give a (qualified) defense of the methodology employed in the previous sections.

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Andreas Maier
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