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Tortured Subjects - Pain, Truth and the Body in Early Modern France (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R627
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Tortured Subjects - Pain, Truth and the Body in Early Modern France (Paperback, New edition): Lisa Silverman

Tortured Subjects - Pain, Truth and the Body in Early Modern France (Paperback, New edition)

Lisa Silverman

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At one time in Europe, there was a point to pain: physical suffering could be a path to redemption. This religious notion suggested that truth was lodged in the body and could be achieved through torture. In "Tortured Subjects," Lisa Silverman tells the haunting story of how this idea became a fixed part of the French legal system during the early modern period.
Looking closely at the theory and practice of judicial torture in France from 1600 to 1788, the year in which it was formally abolished, Silverman revisits dossiers compiled in criminal cases, including transcripts of interrogations conducted under torture, as well as the writings of physicians and surgeons concerned with the problem of pain, records of religious confraternities, diaries and letters of witnesses to public executions, and the writings of torture's abolitionists and apologists. She contends that torture was at the center of an epistemological crisis that forced French jurists and intellectuals to reconsider the relationship between coercion and sincerity, or between free will and evidence. As the philosophical consensus on which torture rested broke down, and definitions of truth and pain shifted, so too did the foundation of torture, until by the eighteenth century, it became an indefensible practice.

General

Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2001
First published: May 2001
Authors: Lisa Silverman
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 49mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-75754-4
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > History of ideas, intellectual history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > Philosophy of religion
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > Philosophy of religion > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment > General
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1500 to 1750
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > Philosophy of religion
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > Philosophy of religion > General
LSN: 0-226-75754-4
Barcode: 9780226757544

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