I argue that, were the utilitarian arguments for the use of interrogational torture in so-called ticking bomb scenarios sound, then they would also sanction the torture of people known to be wholly innocent. So either utilitarian arguments are unsound in their own terms; or, if sound, they suggest that utilitarianism is not a moral theory at all.
|Title of host publication||Interrogation and torture|
|Subtitle of host publication||research on its efficacy and its integration with legality and morality|
|Editors||S. Barela, M. Fallon, G. Gaggioli, D. Ohlin|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2019|
- interrogational torture
- ticking bomb
Brecher, B. (Accepted/In press). Justifying too much: is Utilitarianism a moral theory at all? In S. Barela, M. Fallon, G. Gaggioli, & D. Ohlin (Eds.), Interrogation and torture: research on its efficacy and its integration with legality and morality Oxford University Press.