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Terror, tortur og den tikkende bombe

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The so-called "war on terror" has renewed the interest in torture in practice as well as in theory. The philosophical debate about possible justifications for torture has to a large extent revolved about the ticking bomb scenario: would it be justified to torture a terrorist in order to prevent a catastrophe? I criticize arguments based on ticking bomb scenarios in two steps. First, I show that exceptional resort to torture will not be possible in the situations where it is most needed. Second, I state several pragmatic as well as principled objections against a state sanctioned or tolerated practice of torture. Finally, I offer an explanation of what it means to regard the prohibition of torture as absolute.
Bidragets oversatte titelTerror, torture, and the ticking bomb
Sider (fra-til)111-127
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Tortur, etik, 'krigen mod terror', absolutisme

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