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Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture: A Philosophical Analysis

Fritz Allhoff


The general consensus among philosophers is that the use of torture is never justified. This book demonstrates the weakness of the case against torture. While allowing that torture constitutes a moral wrong, it nevertheless argues that, in exceptional cases, it represents the lesser of two evils. The book does not take this position lightly. It begins by examining the way terrorism challenges traditional norms, discussing the morality of various practices of torture, and critically exploring the infamous ticking time-bomb scenario. After carefully considering these issues from a purely philoso ... More

Keywords: torture, moral wrong, terrorism, traditional norms, morality, democracy, institutional structures, foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226014838
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226014821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fritz Allhoff, author