In his paper “Should the Ticking-Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?” the constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz argues that the regulation of this practice should be permitted, but only in emergency situations. In a brief essay, defend or criticize theargument that Dershowtiz makes on behalf of so-called “torture-warrants.”
- What is the definition of torture?
- Why is torture traditionally prohibited by democratic states?
- Can torture be justified in an “ethics of emergency” to prevent future harm?
Why or why not?
- What are the costs/benefits of Dershowitz’s proposal for “torture-warrants”?
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