PHM 2204 Lecture 18

PHM 2204 Lecture 18 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall 2007 Lecture...

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PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp Lecture 18 HENRY SHUE ON TORTURE AND WARFARE 1. Shue’s Puzzle about Torture and Killing in War (T. 48) [4] To kill in war is usually to inflict a greater harm on the victim than to torture the victim. (It completely destroys the person rather than merely partially destroying or temporarily incapacitating the person.) [5] It is sometimes morally permissible to kill someone in war. (Just War Theory is a theory about when this is so.) Therefore [6] It is sometimes morally permissible to torture someone. Shue objects that [6] does not follow from [4] and [5] unless we add the premise: [H] If acts of kind A are normally more harmful than acts of kind B, and if acts of kind A are sometimes permissible, then acts of kind B are sometimes permissible. (That is, the only consideration relevant to whether it is permissible to harm a person is the duty to minimize that harm.) This premise is false – since there could be a justification for a more harmful action that is not applicable to the less harmful action. e.g. victims of torture are not (then) combatants, but victims of killing in
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