In regards to the question about whether or not it is ethically appropriate for a nation to use torture to extract information in order to save lives from an imminent threat (and all other means of obtaining the information have been exhausted) the many different theories of ethics will have many different answers. 14 the ethics of interrogation: torture and public management james p pfiffner although some military officers obviously saw harsh interrogation techniques and torture as essential in the wars in afghanistan and iraq, many in the. Torture is the infliction of intense pain or suffering for the express purpose of intelligence gathering but before we consider the ethics of torture, we need to establish its viability.
In a consequentialist ethics approach, the question is more quantifiable: does the benefit to the potential victims outweigh the suffering of the informant as well as the potential for ethical deterioration if torture becomes commonplace. The utilitarian approach to ethics -- and the limitations of this approach campus safety is it permissible for them to torture the suspect into revealing the. The ethics of torture 2 in this new day and age torture is a popular topic of controversial arguments on whether it should be permitted in certain circumstances and. Notre dame philosophical reviews is an electronic, peer-reviewed journal that publishes timely reviews of scholarly philosophy books.
Breakout novelist megan lisa jones discusses new book captive and discusses the ethics of torture video by amy sommer of pissant productions. Torture involves deliberately inflicting physical or mental pain on a person without legal cause. The moral debate about torture may 1, 2009 in the ongoing national debate about the morality of torture, the question is whether it is ever the lesser evil. But what it says about torture remains true today if the state wants to stand up to barbarity, it cannot validate it by unleashing it on its own prisoners laila lalami is the author of the moor.
The torture debate: examining the legal and ethical considerations in the use of torture as an interrogation technique american human rights abuses committed post september 11th have sparked a continuous debate about the use of torture in the fight against terrorism. The ethics of torture has 8 ratings and 2 reviews james said: if one accepts torture can ever be used, i doubt this book will do much to dissuade, but i. On the ethics of torture is the single best discussion of the moral status of torture it is outstanding steinhoff's book is powerfully argued, organized.
Get this from a library the ethics of torture [jeremy wisnewski r d emerick] -- this text offers an introduction to the philosophical debates surrounding torture. Project muse promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, project muse is a trusted part of the academic and. The word torture needs to be put in a context of ethics as it relates to interrogation techniques water boarding is an awful technique, but it is much different than mutilation with drills, rape or forcing a suspect to watch their family tortured, putting hummus in a man's anus, forcing suspects to stand on broken feet, and playing. Research project for dr loht's introduction to philosophy course mercer university july 2012. On the ethics of torture steinhoff, uwe published by state university of new york press steinhoff, uwe on the ethics of torture albany: state university of new york press, 2013.
The problem that even the most virtuous people face when thinking about torture is whether there is ever a case when a good result produced by torture justifies the evil act of torturing someone. Can torture ever be moral by gary gutting and jeff mcmahan he is the author of the ethics of killing — gary gutting gary gutting:. Human rights & human welfare 53 the ethics of torture by rebecca evans torture: does it make us safer is it ever ok a human rights perspective edited by kenneth roth and mindy.
But sure if our topic is the ethics, or morality, of torture, we need the more inclusive definition - severe mental anxiety and suffering. Our nov 21 articles on torture drew outrage one reader wondered how a religious man like george w bush could allow such an act, saying, bush should pull out his bible and read up on this and. Doctors and psychologists working for the us military violated the ethical codes of their profession under instruction from the defence department and the cia to become involved in the torture and. Ethical egoism could support torture because of the type of mentality possessed by an egoist egoists make decisions and do things without considering how these types of things may make someone else feel.