Defusing Dangers of Imaginary Cases

TitleDefusing Dangers of Imaginary Cases
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSpino, J
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Volume26
Issue1
Pagination29-37
Date PublishedSpring2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsDISCOURSE , ethics , IMAGINARY , INTUITION , TORTURE
AbstractSome imaginary cases lead us to surprising conclusions. Unfortunately, there exists the danger of being so distracted by these conclusions that the imaginary cases themselves escape critical examination. Using the now famous ticking time-bomb scenario as an example, The author proposes a simple methodology to help us better understand what role a given imaginary case should be playing in ethical discourse. In particular, he hopes to show why the ticking time bomb scenario fails to have any probative value as a counter-example to anti-torture policies. Despite this, he argues that there is still an important role for cases like the ticking time-bomb scenario, as they can motivate study about some of our intuitive moral commitments. 
NotesSpino, Joseph 1; Email Address: spino2@illinois.edu; Affiliation: 1: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Source Info: Spring2012, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p29; Subject Term: IMAGINARY histories; Subject Term: TORTURE; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: DISCOURSE analysis; Subject Term: INTUITION (Psychology); Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.5840/ijap20122613

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