Degradation and Dehumanization

  • Wanda Teays
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 80)


In Part II we look at the boundaries of torture and the ethical issues they bring to light. This chapter focuses on the helplessness of the victims subjected to degradation and dehumanization. As we see, torture is not just about inflicting pain; it is also about asserting power. Treating others in demeaning ways is an effective vehicle for accomplishing that goal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanda Teays
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentMount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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