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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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Ticking-Time-Bomb Methodology

Ticking-Time-Bomb Methodology

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(p.87) 5 Ticking-Time-Bomb Methodology
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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/9780226014821.003.0005

This chapter possesses a methodological rather than normative purpose. The logic and deployment of ticking-time-bomb cases rather than what follows from them is considered here. Despite their simplicity, these cases have been misunderstood, whether in terms of what they claim, what role they should to play in our moral thinking, or even whether they should play any role at all. What matters is that there is some threat to many people that can be avoided only through the torture of someone already in custody. Furthermore, most of the contexts worth considering probably will be those involving terrorists and weapons, if not necessarily bombs.

Keywords:   ticking-time-bomb cases, terrorists, weapons, bombs, threat, torture

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