UT Knoxville PHIL 252 - Torture (2 pages)

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Lecture number:
6
Pages:
2
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University of Tennessee
Course:
Phil 252 - Contemporary Moral Problems

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Phil 252 Lecture 6 Outline of Last Lecture I How to Conduct a War a Standards of War i Geneva Convention b Examples of philosophical war questions c Ways to justify actions i Doctrine of Double Effect d Fighting Dirty Outline of Current Lecture I Torture a Examples of Torture b Reasons why people torture c Torture as a test case i Utilitarian View ii Kantian View Current Lecture I Torture a Examples of Torture i Waterboarding ii Drilling tooth without Novocain numbing agent iii Sleep deprivation iv Electric shock v Pins under fingernails or bamboo vi The threat of death b Reasons why people torture i To extract information interrogation ii Revenge vengeance iii Act of terrorism as civil obedience terrorism iv Confession v Convert to a religion thought process religions vi As punishment c Torture as a test case i Utilitarian View These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute 1 Utilitarian s argue that yes torture is okay in some cases They use the idea of the greater good as their main driving force For example if a bomb were set to go off and kill a million people is it okay to torture someone who knows how to stop it in order to save the million people If the answer is yes is it still ethical to torture someone to save 199 999 999 people ii Kantian View 1 Kantian s argue that no it is never okay to torture someone That is goes against human dignity and therefore moral laws It is not okay to torture someone in the hopes of saving a million others because what if he doesn t actually know and we torture him for no reason And even if he does know it is still not right to treat him as if he has no dignity



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