Should We Torture A Prisoner? Essays

1608 Words Jul 4th, 2015 7 Pages
To torture or not to torture, that is the question. Should we torture a prisoner who does some heinous crime, or should we not torture and find some other means to get the information we need, or as punishment for the crime. This is a pertinent question, especially with the current course cases attempting to forbid execution, on the grounds that it is torture. When one begins to consider this question philosophically, four views come to mind, which are: utilitarianism, Christian-principle based ethics, Kantian duty-based ethics, and virtue ethics.
For the utilitarianist, they see ethics as providing the maximum good for the most people. In other words, if I have a person who is threatening an attack on civilians, and he is refusing to talk about the plan, I have several options. The first being, I could torture psychologically or physically for him to divulge the plan to save a civilian populace. I could throw in jail for attempting a terrorist attack, and at most have him put to death. Another option would be to reeducate the person and hopefully he will talk to us in time about the plan. The last would be let him go. Now, the first option would most likely produce results of him talking and giving enough information to divulge the plan to save the civilian population. The second action would produce the result of punishment, but the civilian population would be loss. The third action would possibly produce results, however, it will take many hours, days, months, or even…

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