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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and TortureA Philosophical Analysis$
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Fritz Allhoff

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226014838

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.001.0001

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What Is Terrorism?

What Is Terrorism?

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(p.3) 1 What Is Terrorism?
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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture
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Fritz Allhoff

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.003.0001

This chapter develops an account of terrorism that explains its conceptual underpinnings and how the debate over torture is deeply embedded in its context. This discussion does not preclude other contexts for torture but recognizes only its most visible. Interrogational torture was widely condemned before 9/11. It is these terrorist attacks that have rejuvenated discussions about torture, particularly as pertains to preventing future attacks. The connection between torture and terrorism is somewhat overextended insofar as there are other contexts wherein we might legitimately wonder about the moral permissibility of torture, but however attenuated some of the epistemic links between torture and saving lives might be in many actual terrorist cases, the potential damages in those cases are unquestionably substantial, probably more so than any other context in which torture is considered.

Keywords:   terrorism, torture, interrogational torture, moral permissibility, terrorist cases

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