Princeton professor: 'I ought to torture a terrorist' to save New York
‘Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.' -New Yorker
Take the basic argument that torture is always wrong. Given the well-documented tendency of police and guards to abuse prisoners, and the low probability that torture will yield significant information, that rule seems likely to have the best consequences. Yet, I would argue, if I find myself in the highly improbable scenario where only torturing a terrorist will enable me to stop a nuclear bomb from going off in the middle of New York, I ought to torture the terrorist. What the individual ought to do, and what the best moral rule directs one to do, are not necessarily identical.
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I'd suggest the "torture kit" used in "24" to save lives. Read 24 The Ultimate Guide.