{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

PHM 2204 Lecture 20 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall 2007 Lecture...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp Lecture 20 TORTURE AND LEGAL REFORM: DERSHOWITZ ON TORTURE WARRANTS 1. The Morality of Torture * The interesting question: Are there circumstances that have actually obtained, or that political leaders reasonably should anticipate and plan for , in which torture would be morally permissible? (a) Benthamite act-consequentialism (AC): Denies there are any moral rights. * The question becomes whether – despite the uncertainties and the low probability of success – torturing someone would in some cases be the best means to promote good consequences overall. * ISSUE: few people consistently hold that there are no moral rights at all. * AC views torturing an innocent as equivalent to torturing a terrorist (b) Assume that there are some moral rights (human rights) – one such right would plausibly be a right not to be tortured. * Two central issues: (i) What is the content of the right – is it qualified in various ways? (ii) Is the right overridden morally by consequentialist considerations in certain relevant kinds of circumstances – despite the uncertainties and the low probability of success?
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern