Torture is never ethical even if it is being done to potential terrorists.
Philosophy of Ethics
|Opening Statement: | |As human beings all people have the right to their dignity, which should not be stripped of them through the act of torture even if| |the information can be used for the greater good of the people. | | | | | | | | |
|Supporting Arguments (with sources) |Evidence, Quotes, Analogies (with sources) | | | | |Immanuel Kant argued that moral requirements are based on a standard of | "Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in | |rationality he dubbed the “Categorical Imperative” (CI). Immorality thus |your own person or in the person of another, always at | |involves a violation of the CI and is thereby irrational. |the same time as an end and never simply as a means." | | | | |Kant’s Humanity Formula suggested that he did not believe in treating | | |humans as mere instruments with no value beyond that. When someone is | | |tortured to get information, they are only a means to an end which Kant | Ex. If a terrorist can be tortured to find out where a | |would not agree with. |bomb then it should be ethical to torture your mom to | | |find out where she hid the chocolate. | |Kant’s Universilizablity Formula states that for an action to be | | |permissable, it must be possible to apply it to all people without a | | |contradiction occurring. | | | | | |Since we would agree that it is unethical to torture your mom for | | |chocolate, we see a contradiction and thus torture is proven to be | | |unethical according to Kants Univeralizability formula. | | |Sources: promise, contrast with the maxim of the lying, and we can | | |easily. "Kant's Moral Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)." | | |Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2013. | ...