PHIL~Week 7-DB 5 - Amanda Pacholski L24656078 Summer D PHIL...

PHIL~Week 7-DB 5
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Amanda Pacholski L24656078 Summer D PHIL 201 Discussion Board 5 August 10,2012 Discussion Board 5 The scenario in this week's discussion board on " To torture or not to torture? " gave me a bunch to think on. This is a major moral dilemma; is it morally appropriate to torture a terrorist's seven-year old daughter in order to get information that could possibly save thousands of Americans? My first reaction would be no, it is not morally right; but is it really ethically right to risk the lives of thousands Americans? According to Holmes, "Ethics is about the good(that is, what values and virtues we should cultivate) and about the right (that is, what our moral duties may be)"(page 12). There are three parts to any moral event the person, the action, and the result. Within this scenario I am acting as a federal agent, the action is the torture of a seven- year old girl, the results could either be the terrorist gives me the information or he does not and the nuclear bomb goes off. According to Keathley's post the definition for torture is, “…any act by
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