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Torture – Does Timing Matter?

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Maybe, sometimes, it is permissible to torture so as to prevent truly catastrophic things from happening. Is it sometimes permissible to torture so as to prevent less-than-truly-catastrophic things from happening? Inspired by Frances Kamm, I argue that it is. Treat this result with caution.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of Philosophy, mit


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1. Kamm Frances , Ethics for Enemies , Oxford University Press 2011.
2. Sussman David ( 2005) “ "What is Wrong with Torture?",” Philosophy and Public Affairs Vol 33, no. 1(2005) 133.
3. Thomson Judith , ( 1985) “ "The Trolley Problem",” Yale Law Journal Vol 94(1985): 13951415.

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