A Defense of Torture: Separation of Cases, Ticking Time-bombs, and Moral Justification

@inproceedings{Allhoff2005ADO,
  title={A Defense of Torture: Separation of Cases, Ticking Time-bombs, and Moral Justification},
  author={Fritz Allhoff},
  year={2005}
}
In this paper, I argue for the permissibility of torture in idealized cases by application of separation of cases: if torture is permissible given any of the dominant moral theories (and if one of those is correct), then torture is permissible simpliciter and I can discharge the tricky business of trying to adjudicate among conflicting moral views. To be sure, torture is not permissible on all the dominant moral theories as at least Kantianism will prove especially recalcitrant to granting… CONTINUE READING

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