Phil110BriefDershowitz - Edmund St Gumdrop Dershowitz in...

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Edmund St. Gumdrop Dershowitz, in his paper “Torture of Terrorits” presents a situation that perhaps is as aggravating as many of the others we have analyzed in this class, although sadly his scenario is actually plausible. Indeed, I have no doubts that this specific case has been played out dozens of times on the soils of various countries, and it’s an important case to consider. I believe that in this case and in cases similar, allowing torture (no matter how gruesome) is necessary and advisable. From a purely utilitarian point of view, this statement is obvious. The lives of hundreds of people are simply more valuable in the utilitarian scale than the temporary extreme blinding pain of one opinionated individual with the twisted vision to construct a bomb and attempt to use it. There is, however, the issue of the rights of that particular citizen. Surely if torture were commonplace, our legal system would be no better than that of a tin-pot dictatorship. In the special case where it’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHIL 110 taught by Professor Forgot! during the Fall '03 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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