Should torture ever be allowed?
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(04-29-2009, 10:23 AM)tradmaverick Wrote: I suppose it depends on the situation, I imagine it would be a lesser evil in many cases, I mean lets say someone kidnapped a child or something like that, had the child hidden away, wouldnt tell the authorities where the child was, then Id like to think he could be made to do so.

We are only allowed to choose the lesser evil when there are no alternatives except choosing some sort of evil.  Here, that is not the case.  They could 1) continue investigating, 2) use non-torturous interrogation techniques, 3) offer cash for someone to snitch, etc.  It may be different if the child had a bomb attached set to go off at noon and it's 11 am, but even then the likelihood of torture working in that hour is slim to none.

You're also working from a yet-unproven premise: that torture is evil.  For it to be the lesser evil, it has to be evil to start with.  That's a bigger question: is torture inherently evil?  Causing someone pain isn't evil in itself - doctors cause pain when they set a bone, etc.  It goes to intent, among other things.  If you torture someone for fun, that's evil.  But if a greater good can come from inflicting pain, then it's not so clear, at least to me.

Really, I'd be interested in hearing the theological / moral arguments as to why torture is never allowed.  Never is a long time, and that type of restriction needs some justification.
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Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Walty - 04-29-2009, 10:29 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Historian - 04-29-2009, 11:56 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by DrBombay - 04-29-2009, 03:05 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:09 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:12 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 03:14 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:19 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by DrBombay - 04-29-2009, 03:23 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 04:31 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:00 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:03 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Melita - 04-29-2009, 05:23 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:32 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Walty - 04-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 07:33 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 07:45 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:20 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:45 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 09:07 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Marc - 04-29-2009, 09:40 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 08:14 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 09:45 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 10:27 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 11:01 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 11:19 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by glgas - 09-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 03:16 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 09:05 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-03-2009, 01:16 AM



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