Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mainstreaming Torture – Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States

Rebecca Gordon


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reopened what many people in this country had long assumed was a settled ethical question, that is, whether torture is morally permissible. This book argues that 9/11 did not “change everything” and that institutionalized state torture is as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks. U.S. involvement in torture did undergo a change after 9/11, specifically a shift away from covert training and support for other regimes that practice torture and toward a direct and quasi-overt use of torture, by many agencies including the CIA, fr ... More

Keywords: torture, war on terror, 9/11, September 11, virtue ethics, practical reason, national security, CIA, Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Alasdair MacIntyre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199336432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Gordon, author
University of San Francisco