The Case for Torture,”

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In his article "The Case for Torture,  Michael Levin tries to show that it is morally mandatory to torture in certain extreme situations, specifically when a terrorist has information about a bomb which is set to go off soon and which, if detonated, would result in the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of innocent people. Levin has constructed the hypothetical "ticking-bomb  situation in such a way that it would be impossible to use any other method of interrogation to obtain the information necessary to prevent the tragedy.

There are a number of problems with Levin's argument. First, his conclusion is limited to one particular hypothetical situation that we are unlikely to confront, making his conclusion not only inapplicable to the real world, but also false. Second, his justification of torture rests on a utilitarian principle that opens the door to torture in a variety of cases. Finally, Levin's claim that torture is justified because the terrorist puts himself in harm's way voluntarily is problematic.

The first problem with Levin's argument is that he attempts to justify torture only in certain situations, but because these scenarios are improbable and unrealistic... Continue Reading