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

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.001.0001

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Part I—Introduction

Part I—Introduction

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Why Not Torture Terrorists?

Yuval Ginbar

Oxford University Press

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 obtain information that would save many innocent lives. This scenario — the ticking bomb situation (TBS) — is to be discussed in a ‘pure’ form, free from factual doubts and society-wide or long term consequences. The chapter outlines the parameters for discussing the question, and defines the features of the presumed situation. It explains the methodological approach to be adopted in this Part: the scope is to be kept limited; positions put forward are required to maintain strict logical form; a dialogic, conversational style is to be used; and an open, eclectic approach to content is to be maintained.

Keywords:   moral philosophy, morality, consequentialism/utilitarianism, deontology, ticking bomb situation, torture, moral issues, terrorism prevention, moral agent

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