WHAT KIND OF PERSON COULD BE A TORTURER?

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What kind of persons could engage in political torture? Not only the morally impaired who lack empathy or compassion, or even the merely obedient, but also the righteous who struggle with conscience, and the realists who set morality aside.

Keywords: compassion; dirty hands; empathy; obedience; realism; sadism; torture

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9795.2009.00415.x

Affiliations: Department of Religious StudiesBox 1927Brown UniversityProvidence, RI 02912401.272.3058, Email: john_reeder@brown.edu

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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