Ethics RQ19 - normative definition to the guilty and does not have a predetermined act with limited time 3 The author believes torture is wrong

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Jason Lim Ethics Reading Questions #19 1. The author defines torture as (a) the intentional infliction of extreme physical suffering on some non- consenting defenseless person; (b) the intentional, substantial curtailment of the exercise of the person's autonomy; (c) the act of undertaken for the purpose of breaking the victim's will. Initially I thought mental suffering should have been included in the definition of torture, but his explanation of why it isn't included persuaded me to think otherwise. 2. The author does not consider corporal punishment to be torture because torture is not limited by the
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Unformatted text preview: normative definition to the guilty, and does not have a predetermined act with limited time. 3. The author believes torture is wrong because it inflicts serious physical suffering, along with stripping away someone's autonomy. These two are at the heart of why torture is wrong. I am sure there are reasons for specific types of torture, but these two provide a generalized statement of why the overall practice of torture is wrong....
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course PHIL 205 taught by Professor Jonathanreibsamen during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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