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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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The War on Terror and the Ethics of Exceptionalism

The War on Terror and the Ethics of Exceptionalism

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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture

Fritz Allhoff

University of Chicago Press

This chapter serves as a transition to the second part of the book wherein the focus shifts from terrorism to torture. Torture is one of the tools that can be considered in the fight against terrorism. This is not to prejudge whether we should use torture in that fight but only to assert our prerogative to consider it. While the content of the current chapter largely generalizes beyond torture, it provides a theoretical framework that will be useful to have as substantive arguments regarding torture are developed in remaining chapters. The fight against terrorism often goes under the moniker of the War on Terror, though one might wonder about the appropriateness of this. The War on Terror is more metaphoric than descriptively accurate.

Keywords:   torture, terrorism, war on terror, theoretical framework, substantive arguments

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