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    Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    This hypothetical scenario is an attempt to gauge one's moral position on torture. It is not meant to elicit idiotic references to the television show 24. That a hypothetical is unlikely to occur is irrelevant - they are intended to subject our moral suppositions to scrutiny by forcing us to make a choice. Having said that, please answer the question with a YES or NO answer followed by an explanation.

    If you had to brutally torture a person in order to save the lives of your family, would you do it?

    The hypothetical assumes said person is a murderous thug who is directly responsible for endangering your family.


    Answer: Yes.

    Explanation: Because I hold the lives of my family in a higher regard than murderous thugs.

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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Does this question presuppose that you know he's a murderous thug, and you know that he knows something worth torturing him over?
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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    Does this question presuppose that you know he's a murderous thug, and you know that he knows something worth torturing him over?
    Why, would you torture any other?
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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Of course I would. Just like I would probably kill someone if they killed someone in my family. However, thats exactly why we have laws against torture and against vigilante justice. It is the whole point of these laws.
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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Yes because I value the lives of my loved ones and me over the well being and lives of those who wish to do us harm.
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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    To save one of my children?

    Without hesitation.

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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    This hypothetical has to assume the following in order for me to say yes:

    That without a shadow of a doubt my family was in immediate danger.

    That I would be able to extract information; that I had some training in torturing.

    That no higher authority was willing, or could, intervene.
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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Yes, without hesitation.

    No life is more precious to me than those within my household. Torture, maim, mutilate, kill, whatever was needed to keep my household safe, that is what I would do.

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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Of course I would. Just like I would probably kill someone if they killed someone in my family. However, thats exactly why we have laws against torture and against vigilante justice. It is the whole point of these laws.
    And what point is that?

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    Re: Would You Utilize Torture to Save a Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    This hypothetical has to assume the following in order for me to say yes:

    That without a shadow of a doubt my family was in immediate danger.

    That I would be able to extract information; that I had some training in torturing.

    That no higher authority was willing, or could, intervene.
    Assume your family is in danger. Torturing a man may or may not help save them. Doing nothing will condemn them.

    What then?

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