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The abolition of judicial torture—alongside the eradication of both slavery and capital punishment—was one of the most consequential issues debated in eighteenth-century continental Europe. A revealing component of this controversial debate was presented in the unpublished "Discurso sobre la injusticia del apremio judicial," written by the attorney Pedro Garcia del Canuelo. Seeking support for its publication, he forwarded the manuscript to Prime Minister Manuel Godoy in 1795. The savvy Spanish politician, however, not only rejected the text but also warned its author against further discussing the issues raised in his treatise. As a result, although its title was known, the essay was lost to history.

The current volume, La abolicion del tormento, analyzes, transcribes, and reproduces the complete "Discurso" while framing its proposals within the European debate regarding the abolition of torture and the prohibition of other methods of mental and physical coercion allowed by diverse tribunals. The monograph additionally considers the extent of the controversy associated with torture in Spain as it provides biographical information on Garcia del Canuelo and examines the philosophical and juridical foundations related to this atrocious practice, one which produced one of the fiercest exchanges of the Enlightenment. The aforementioned dispute reflects the political tensions of an era because a discussion on the legality of torture involves a consideration of what constitutes a human being, what is the relationship between legality and justice, and what are the limits of lawful power in relation to the natural rights and the intrinsic value of the individual. Thoroughly documented, this study should be of particular interest to those concerned with intellectual processes and practices during the modern era, not only in Spain, but throughout the Western world as a whole.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Half Title, Title Page, Series Titles, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Tabla de Contenidos
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Prefacio
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. Introducción: Tortura judicial y apremio en el siglo XVIII español
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. Capítulo I: El discurso abolicionista allende los Pirineos
  2. pp. 37-68
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  1. Capítulo II: La polémica abolicionista aquende los Pirineos
  2. pp. 69-148
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  1. Capítulo III: La historia de un fracaso
  2. pp. 149-168
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  1. Capítulo IV: El Discurso sobre la injusticia del apremio judicial
  2. pp. 169-220
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  1. Conclusión: La historia de un triunfo
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. Apéndice I: Transcripción del Discurso sobre la injusticia del apremio judicial
  2. pp. 229-258
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  1. Apéndice II: Reproducción del Discurso sobre la injusticia del apremio judicial
  2. pp. 259-322
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  1. Bibliografía
  2. pp. 323-336
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  1. Índice Analítico
  2. pp. 337-349
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469647517
Related ISBN
9781469647494
MARC Record
OCLC
1047896601
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-15
Language
Spanish
Open Access
No
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