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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 Limits of Torture

The Limits of Torture

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(p.195) 9 The Limits of Torture
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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/9780226014821.003.0009

This last chapter comprises some concluding remarks regarding the themes explored in the book. The central theme of this book has been that lesser harms are always preferable to greater harms and that torture, while bad, could, nevertheless, be the lesser harm in exceptional cases. An important part of the project was to situate the debate about torture within the broader context of terrorism and then to make the associated philosophical discussion empirically engaged. The purpose of these concluding remarks is not to further the defense or to recapitulate key claims but rather to end the book by reflecting on two themes that have received insufficient attention so far, and, as the title of this chapter indicates, to acknowledge the limits of torture.

Keywords:   lesser harms, greater harms, torture, terrorism

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