From: "Silvano Cacciari" <mcsilvan@xxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 16:54:28 +0100
in our italian "tradition" of Inquisition (religious Enquiry guided by the
church against heretics or enemies at all) supplice -in italian "supplizio"
sounds more like a torture committed for religious goals-
is an art, in name of God of course :), of getting more pain as possible on
the body of prisoner.
Supplice can be public and spectacular or not, the goal is ever to provoke
the confession of the prisoner.
Foucault said that modern science (precisely the science involved with the
institution of the proof and verification) rooted his origins in
Inquisition. In any case, supplice is involved with confession -and a ritual
of expiation- and torture not or, better, with confession not precisely
involved with religious goals. I've not on my hands Foucault yet but I
think -remembering the pages about Inquisition- in the foucaultian texts too
one can find the difference between supplice (involving confession for
religious goals) and torture (where the religious goal is not ever present).