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Ticking-Time-Bomb Methodology

Fritz Allhoff

in Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture: A Philosophical Analysis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226014838
eISBN:
9780226014821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter possesses a methodological rather than normative purpose. The logic and deployment of ticking-time-bomb cases rather than what follows from them is considered here. Despite their ... More


Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Yuval Ginbar

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

The book addresses a dilemma at the heart of the ‘War on Terror’: Is it ever justifiable to torture terrorists in order to save the lives of innocent civilians in a ‘ticking bomb situation’ (TBS)? ... More


Part II—Introduction

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter introduces Part II, examining the ticking bomb question as one of public, practical, morality in the real world, namely whether it is morally justifiable for democratic states facing ... More


Part I—Conclusions

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter concludes the discussion of the ticking bomb question as a one of pure individual morality. For the purpose of defending an absolute prohibition on torture a minimal absolutist position, ... More


The Ticking Bomb Hypothetical

Marcia Baron

in Confronting Torture: Essays on the Ethics, Legality, History, and Psychology of Torture Today

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226529387
eISBN:
9780226529554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226529554.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Recent literature arguing for, or reaffirming, the impermissibility of torture has deplored the ticking bomb hypothetical and its frequent invocation. Examples of such arguments are found in the work ... More


Part III—Conclusions

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter concludes Part III, which examines four models of legalized torture. Neither Israel nor the USA have succeeded in limiting torture to ticking bomb situations (or to high value ... More


Should We Torture in Ticking-Time-Bomb Cases?

Fritz Allhoff

in Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture: A Philosophical Analysis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226014838
eISBN:
9780226014821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter contains a normative reply to the question: Is it morally permissible to torture in ticking-time-bomb cases? This question is trickier than it looks for the simple reason that there is a ... More


Part I—Introduction

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter introduces the methodology and structure of Part I, which addresses the question of whether it is morally justifiable for an individual to torture a terrorist when it is the only way to ... More


Consequentialist Argument for Torturing in a Ticking Bomb Situation

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter details the consequentialist arguments for torturing the terrorist in a ticking bomb situation. Consequentialist/utilitarians argue that a moral cost-benefit analysis needs to be made, ... More


The Minimal Absolutist Approach II: Arguments for an Absolute Prohibition on Torture

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter provides arguments for a minimal absolutist prohibition on torture. Logically, once anti-absolutism is rejected, torture must be prohibited absolutely, as it contains the worst acts one ... More


Torture and Method in Moral Philosophy

Jeff Mcmahan

in Confronting Torture: Essays on the Ethics, Legality, History, and Psychology of Torture Today

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226529387
eISBN:
9780226529554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226529554.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter considers whether moral philosophers should accept as part of their moral methodology the study hypothetical cases, such as ticking bomb scenarios, in thinking about torture. In response ... More


Israel's High Court of Justice Model

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0014
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter describes and analyzes the model of legalized torture established by a 1999 Israeli Supreme Court (as High Court of Justice, HCJ) ruling, under which interrogation of suspected ... More


The Wider Moral Issue: Do Consequences or ‘No Go Areas’ Determine What is Ethical in an Extreme Situation?

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter addresses the wider issue that a moral agent facing a ticking bomb situation (TBS) should consider: whether ultimately a decision to torture the terrorist or not should be determined by ... More


Is there a ‘Public Morality’ that is Distinct from ‘Private Morality’?

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter considers whether there is, in extreme situations, a ‘public morality’ that is distinct from ‘private morality’ and its implications on the ‘ticking bomb’ debate, including a discussion ... More


Constitutional Emergencies Inside and Out

Thomas P. Crocker

in Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780300181616
eISBN:
9780300182217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300181616.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter considers a family of constitutional theories that advocate for an internal principle of necessity. It looks at factors that argue constitutional constraints that can become a “suicide ... More


Unthinking the Ticking Bomb*

David Luban

in Global Basic Rights

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2015
ISBN:
9780199604388
eISBN:
9780191803567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199604388.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter analyses the ‘ticking bomb scenario’ (TBS), which is frequently used to justify torture. Topics covered include myth and fact in the TBS; the TBS and the innocent victim; the evils of ... More


Conclusions

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter provides the book's conclusions. The consequentialist morality of extreme situations, as advocated by those who justify interrogational torture in a ‘pure’ theoretical ticking bomb ... More


Part III—Introduction

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter introduces Part III, examining four models of legalized torture. It focuses on each model's legal aspects, but their practical ones are also addressed in order to assess the extent to ... More


The ‘Torture Warrants’ Model

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0013
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter describes and analyzes the theoretical ‘torture warrants’ model, according to which judges would issue warrants for torture in ticking bomb situations in the same way that they issue ... More


Part IV—Conclusions

Yuval Ginbar

in Why Not Torture Terrorists?: Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199540914
eISBN:
9780191716256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.003.0020
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter concludes Part IV, and examines practical aspects of applying criminal law defences to interrogators who torture terrorists. Under international law, states cannot ever justify torture ... More


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