- Title Pages
- Special Dedication
- Table of Cases
- Table of Treaties and Statutes
- List of Abbreviations and General Notes
- 1 Part I—Introduction
- 2 The Wider Moral Issue: Do Consequences or ‘No Go Areas’ Determine What is Ethical in an Extreme Situation?
- 3 Consequentialist Argument for Torturing in a Ticking Bomb Situation
- 4 The Minimal Absolutist Approach I: Anti-absolutism as Morally Untenable
- 5 The Minimal Absolutist Approach II: Arguments for an Absolute Prohibition on Torture
- 6 Part I—Conclusions
- 7 Part II—Introduction
- 8 Is there a ‘Public Morality’ that is Distinct from ‘Private Morality’?
- 9 ‘Slippery Slope’ and Other Dangers
- 10 Part II—Conclusions
- 11 Part III—Introduction
- 12 The Landau Model in Israel
- 13 The ‘Torture Warrants’ Model
- 14 Israel's High Court of Justice Model
- 15 The USA' ‘High Value Detainees’ Model
- 16 Part III—Conclusions
- 17 Part IV—Introduction
- 18 Is it (Internationally) Legal? Is it Torture?
- 19 The ‘Defence of Necessity’ as Legal Grounds for Torture
- 20 Part IV—Conclusions
- 21 Conclusions
- Annex The ‘Ticking Bomb’ Scenario—a Few Examples
- (p.95) 7 Part II—Introduction
- Why Not Torture Terrorists?
- Oxford University Press
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 terrorism to torture in order to save many innocent lives. It outlines the parameters for discussing the question. Part II is to first address the question of whether transferring the ‘torture in a ticking bomb situation’ (TBS) moral dilemma from the private to the public sphere in itself entails a different moral solution. Secondly, the question is to be addressed of whether — accepting arguendo that torture in this situation is morally justified — states can torture in TBSs while limiting both torture and its direct and indirect harm to a morally acceptable level, or else must slide down an inevitable, and intolerable ‘slippery slope’. ‘Slippery surface’ dangers unique to the public sphere are also discussed.
Keywords: moral philosophy, minimal absolutism, ticking bomb situation, democracy, torture, moral aspects, slippery slope arguments, terrorism prevention, practical aspects, slippery surface arguments
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