The "ticking bomb": a spurious argument for torture

BRECHER, BOB (2012) The "ticking bomb": a spurious argument for torture TORTURE: Asian and Global Perspectives, 1 (1). pp. 30-38. ISSN 2304-134X

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Abstract

The so-called ticking bomb is invoked by philosophers and lawyers trying to justify, on behalf of their political masters, the use of torture in extremis. I show that the scenario is spurious; and that the likely consequences of the use of interrogational torture in such cases are disastrous. Finally, I test the argument against a real case.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author & Asian Human Rights Commission Ltd
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics
M000 Law
V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 13:13
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:02
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10883

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