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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


Justifying Too Much: Utilitarianism as a Moral Theory

Bob Brecher

in Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190097523
eISBN:
9780190097554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190097523.003.0016
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Legal Profession and Ethics

In this chapter, I analyze the use and abuse of utilitarianism in the torture debate, arguing that the latter might turn out to be utilitarianism's nemesis. For what the debate lays bare is that, if ... More


Torture (2015)*

Henry Shue

in Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198767626
eISBN:
9780191821486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767626.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter distinguishes the current practise of torture developed through academic research funded by CIA from the irrelevant hypothetical examples often relied upon by moral philosophers, and ... 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


Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Henry Shue

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198767626
eISBN:
9780191821486
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767626.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Some of our most fundamental moral rules are violated by the practices of torture and war. If one considers the concrete forms these practices take, torture can never be justified in any actual ... More


Torture as Unjust Means of War: To Squelch the Sirens’ Singing

Scott A. Anderson

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/9780226529554.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter looks at how the context of war affects the ethics of torture and considers the role that just war theory and international humanitarian law should play in governing its use or ... More


Torture (1978)*

Henry Shue

in Fighting Hurt: Rule and Exception in Torture and War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198767626
eISBN:
9780191821486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767626.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

It is often assumed that if killing during war can be justified, then torture that does not kill also can. But torture constitutes merciless assault upon someone utterly defenceless because an effort ... More


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