- Title Pages
- Special Dedication
- Table of Cases
- Table of Treaties and Statutes
- List of Abbreviations and General Notes
- 1 Part I—Introduction
- 2 The Wider Moral Issue: Do Consequences or ‘No Go Areas’ Determine What is Ethical in an Extreme Situation?
- 3 Consequentialist Argument for Torturing in a Ticking Bomb Situation
- 4 The Minimal Absolutist Approach I: Anti-absolutism as Morally Untenable
- 5 The Minimal Absolutist Approach II: Arguments for an Absolute Prohibition on Torture
- 6 Part I—Conclusions
- 7 Part II—Introduction
- 8 Is there a ‘Public Morality’ that is Distinct from ‘Private Morality’?
- 9 ‘Slippery Slope’ and Other Dangers
- 10 Part II—Conclusions
- 11 Part III—Introduction
- 12 The Landau Model in Israel
- 13 The ‘Torture Warrants’ Model
- 14 Israel's High Court of Justice Model
- 15 The USA' ‘High Value Detainees’ Model
- 16 Part III—Conclusions
- 17 Part IV—Introduction
- 18 Is it (Internationally) Legal? Is it Torture?
- 19 The ‘Defence of Necessity’ as Legal Grounds for Torture
- 20 Part IV—Conclusions
- 21 Conclusions
- Annex The ‘Ticking Bomb’ Scenario—a Few Examples
- (p.3) 1 Part I—Introduction
- Why Not Torture Terrorists?
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This chapter introduces the methodology and structure of Part I, which addresses the question of whether it is morally justifiable for an individual to torture a terrorist when it is the only way to obtain information that would save many innocent lives. This scenario — the ticking bomb situation (TBS) — is to be discussed in a ‘pure’ form, free from factual doubts and society-wide or long term consequences. The chapter outlines the parameters for discussing the question, and defines the features of the presumed situation. It explains the methodological approach to be adopted in this Part: the scope is to be kept limited; positions put forward are required to maintain strict logical form; a dialogic, conversational style is to be used; and an open, eclectic approach to content is to be maintained.
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