Free Essays on Torture Argument

  1. An Argument on Torture

    Dictionary.com defines torture as “the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.” A second definition at dictionary.com states torture as “extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.” Torture does not sound pleasant...

  2. ‘Torture can be justified if it serves the greater good’ critically discuss this statement with reference to human rights theories.

     ‘Torture can be justified if it serves the greater good’ critically discuss this statement with reference to human rights theories. Torture, and consequently its definition, has changed through time. A Roman lawyer once stated, ‘torture is the inquiry after truth by means of torment’ (cited in...

  3. Torture

    Torture “To torture or not to torture” – the main topic in debate between Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Sullivan is whether torture should be permissible under certain circumstances or never at all. The debate of torture between Krauthammer and Sullivan began three years after the Bush administration...

  4. Michael Levin's the Case for Torture (Review)

    Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture” argues that there are various reasons for allowing torture to exist in the United States of America. Levin would love to see society change its negative views on torture so that, under certain circumstances, torture would be permissible. The article starts off with...

  5. Should Torture Be Allowed or Not

    Should Torture Be Allowed or Not The issue of torture is being very current and it arouses debate between those who are totally against it; those who think that it sometimes can be used for good; and those who are in between. The idea of torture was seen only as something that happened far away...

  6. Con Torture

    The Case against Submitting to an Inner Barbarian: Why Torture Is Never Justified In a post-9/11 world, where it seems that terrorism is rampant and increasing numbers of extremists threaten the safety and wellbeing of American citizens, is it ever justified to bend the rules of legality and morality...

  7. The Case of Torture

    Salil Sehgal IS TORTURE JUSTIFIED? As I feel the author is dealing with perhaps the most sensitive and most agonizing issue - that is the use of torture ever justified? While I understand that the law does not permit torture under any circumstances. But as the author says if there is a "bomb" ticking...

  8. Case of Torture

    Evaluating Michael Levin’s “The Case for TortureTorture is a concept that Americans attempt to avoid. If a criminal possesses the opportunity to harm innocent lives, the delinquent should be stopped. The idea presides in Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture”; Levin attempts to portray a point that...

  9. Proof and Applying It to the Salem Witch Trials

    Hist 101 Response Paper #1 9/12/13 Proof, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is 'evidence or argument establishing a fact or the truth of a statement'. One can look at that definition of proof and see that one does not have to have material evidence for it to be constituted as proof. This means...

  10. Moral Relativism and Absolutism

    systems, one cannot be claimed the absolute ‘victor’. Surely, the fact that there are thoughtful and considerate people in all systems strengthens this ‘argument from disagreement’ 2. Thus, it raises the point that moral constructs are opinionated and not absolute in nature, but relative. Relativists thus...

  11. Torture by Americans

    Sydney lee English 4 Smith.4 10.Fb.2008 IS THE USE OF TORTURE JUSTIFED? Americans are abusing and denying prisoners of war their basic human rights. The prisoners of war are being treated worse than the Hezbollah Terrorist group treats their prisoners. The Geneva...

  12. Salem Witch Trials 1692

    mythical devil’s work. Of course most who were actual practicing witches would practice medicine, while the religious self-righteous were practicing torture. Nonetheless, the concept of witchcraft was considered the evil one. Later, the people of the village admitted their flaw in judgment and “compensated”...

  13. Torture 5

    Torture? Never. Torture should never be an option. Torture is always repugnant, requiring an absolute ban on the practice with no exceptions. Consider the quintessential example used for allowing torture: a 24-like hypothetical referred to as the ticking bomb scenario. Federal agents have in custody...

  14. To What Extent Can We Attribute Responsibility for Instances of Persecution in History to the Influence of Powerful Individuals? (Mao Zedong)

    thousand were victims and the total number could be beyond 100,000. This first example of persecution against a group of people by Mao supports the argument of Mao’s own paranoia and self interest of securing power by the lengths he is willing to go to as seen here. It also shows Mao’s influence over the...

  15. Torture: Should It Be Legal?

    Torture has long been used as a means to secure vital information that, without the use of torture, may come too late to have any effect on the outcome of a situation. Does torture still have its place in todays society? Should torture still be used when needed? These are the questions that our lawmakers...

  16. A Case for Torture

    First published in Newsweek, in 1982, "The Case for Torture," by Michael Levin, state that "torture is not merely permissible but morally mandatory" (201). "Michael Levin argues that torture is a mortal necessity in some situations; that torturing a terrorist is the moral thing to do if it prevents...

  17. Is Torture justified?

     ENGL 1301 Composition I November 9, 2013 Is Torture justified? What is torture? Basically, this is the action of physically or psychologically hurting a person without their permission and against their will. The torture has many goals such as obtaining a confession or information of the victim...

  18. Is Torture Ever Justifiable

    Tierra Mason Professor Colin Anderson 15 November 2011 Is Torture Ever Justifiable? Torture, according to the United Nations Convention against Torture, is: “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes...

  19. Aristotle Vs. Mill on Torture

    Aristotelian Verses Utilitarian Views on Torture Chari Harris Professor Hugh Miller Paper #2 Topic #1 February 24th, 2014 In examining the act of torture as either a means or an end we must delve into the idea of justice, “[t[he...

  20. Eng 101

    Until recently, the laws governing harassment via the internet and cellphones have basically been none existent. 3. The information used to taunt and torture a person over the web is there forever in cyberspace. It can never totally be deleted and is there indefinitely, causing the victim to feel hopeless...

  21. Medieval Heresy and Inquisition Torture

    Medieval Heresy and Inquisition Torture The Catholic Church was worried.  Was the devil stealing people’s souls?  How would you know?  So, to fight the devil the church founded a new court.  The Inquisition.  The Inquisition were those priests whose job it was to find and punish anyone who was against...

  22. The Results of War

    mother have an argument in the kitchen in which Krebs realizes that his emotions what little is left are becoming so volatile and raw that it’s hard to keep holding them in. His mother rags him about things that would be ordinary for a normal young man his age but for Krebs its torture to even think about...

  23. Is Torture Ever Acceptable?

    I do not believe in torture and consider it something barbaric and inhuman. Therefore I would say that torture is never acceptable under any circumstances, and regardless of what the consequences might be. Torture and civilization do not mix because the latter highly emphasizes the value of human beings...

  24. Human Rights

    They should not be taken away except as a result of due process based on specific circumstances,[3] and require freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution.[7] The doctrine of human rights has been highly influential within international law, global and regional institutions.[3] Actions...

  25. Physician Assisted Suicide

    physicians becoming killers. It’s about patients whose suffering we can’t relieve, and about not turning away from them when they ask for help. Many arguments are put forward for maintaining the prohibition against physician-assisted suicide, but I believe they are outweighed by two fundamental principles...

  26. Torture 8

    Wheel Torture was a brutal and hideous form of punishment for criminals which was used very often in the middle ages. In order to keep order in society during the middle ages without the uses of police forces, torture was commonly used on criminals publicly to dissuade one from crime. Torture was used...

  27. Torture 6

    During the Bush administration, the debate of torture continued in the United States. The debate argues authorities must obtain information from a person of interest via any form of torture. Torture has often been used as a method to punish or to extract information from an individual of interest throughout...

  28. Compare and contrast the ways in which Duffy and Pugh present politics within their poems

    to the poem, defines weasel words as being ‘empty of meaning’, introduces the key theme of the poem. She uses the sonnet form to parody the logical argument of political speakers, a well-versed form that seeks to disguise the fact that there is no real meaning behind the words that are spoken, they are...

  29. Cummunism

    thesis • Information on Communism • Statement on the purpose of the essay Body • Argument #1- Loss of lives and property • Argument #2- Forced labor on the prisoners • Argument #3- Depriving the prisoners of civic rights Conclusion • Statement connecting with the thesis...

  30. Torture 7

    Sarah Ball AP GOV’T 1/21/2009 TORTURE, AN EASY WAY TO GET LIES `Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, is "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third...

  31. Death Penalty: a Constitutional Dilemma

    because even contemporary methods of putting people to death such as the electric chair, gas chambers or lethal injections are all painful and amount to torture (856 Furman v. Georgia). For example, when Jesse Tafero, a death row inmate, was electrocuted in Florida in 1990, it took three jolts to kill him which...

  32. Torture Masquerading As Investigation

    Daniela West Mr. Sandarg English 1102 23 March 2012 Torture Imagine being taken by someone you do not know, and questioned ferociously about events that you are not aware of. You are questioned of these things because of who an acquaintance of yours is or by the location you just happened to be in...

  33. Us Iraq Wmd Constitutional Powers

    address in January of 2002.[3] During the next fourteen months before the actual invasion, President Bush and his advisors laid out a very specific argument to the American people to try and convince them that invading Iraq was the right decision. Without question, the most infamous of these attempts...

  34. Hamden V. Rumsfeld

    Congress did not include language in the DTA that might have specified Supreme Court jurisdiction, making the government’s argument to the court unpersuasive. The government’s argument that Schlesinger v. Councilman, 420 U.S. 738(1975), precludes Supreme Court review was similarly rejected. Councilman applied...

  35. Torture for Knowledge

    stories from the past often haunt many war veterans and historians showing a dark horrific side of war the public often does not see or experience. The torture many soldiers endure is cruel and against many treaties The United Nations and countries have put up but is still being used today. Though suppose...

  36. Capital Punishment Advocate

    But before she can scream, the man knocks her unconscious, and takes her home with him. Over the next couple weeks, the man brutalizes her. He tortures her, starves her, and rapes her several times a day. When he finally bores of her, he shoots her, cuts off her hand, and throws her on the side of...

  37. Critique of the Argument from Evil

    The argument from evil is an argument for atheism that proposes that since there is such a great amount of evil in the world then this proves there is no God. While the argument is deductively valid, I believe there are faults within the premises of the argument that cause the conclusion to be false...

  38. The Upstairs Room

    that affected the way Jews in Holland lived. The book “The Upstairs Room” has been banned with others of books through the years of 2000-2009. My argument on this book being banned is the fact that this book has no content that is explicit enough to make it necessary to ban this book. The book reveals...

  39. Is Torture Ok?

    There is an ongoing debate on whether torture should be used and if it is ever “ok”. There are many different points of view and both sides have very clear, convincing arguments on whether torture should be used as a way to obtain information. One side says that torture is not necessary even in extreme cases...

  40. Capital Punishment in the Us

    and even stoning. The methods used today are meant to punish heinous crimes, and rid the earth these dangerous criminals, instead of the intentional torture that was inflicted by the historical approaches. Many Americans, especially those of a religious persuasion, are opposed to the usage of the death...

  41. The Torture of the Mind

    Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind Table of Contents:View Multimedia File(s) "Macbeth: The Torture of the Mind," in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies, Princeton University Press, 1973, pp. 206-37. Mc Elroy argues that the tragedy of Macbeth lies in the discrepancy between Macbeth's evil actions and...

  42. Torture and Ethics

    Torture and Ethics Paper Alfreepha Williams AJS/532 July 21, 2013 Patricia DeAngelis Torture and Ethics There are many views or definition of the word “torture”, which is often debated by many individuals. According to “International Rehabilitation Council For Torture Victims” (2005-2012),...

  43. Roger Chillingworth

    torturing him and constantly reminding Arthur of his sin. The two go on to argue about why the dead man in the grave didn't confess his sin. Dimmesdale argument is that he couldn't and God is the only one who judges on Judgment Day. But Chillingworth keeps torturing Arthur by telling him "why not find the...

  44. Abstract

     Torturing of Suspected Terrorists Does the US Have the Right to Torture Suspect Terrorists? Bellamy, A. J. (2008). Fighting terror: Ethical Dilemmas. Retrieved from http:// site.ebrary.com.online.library.marist.edu/lib/marist/docDetail.action? docID=10281529&p00=torturing%20terrorists...

  45. Us Torture Techniques Violating the Law

    two most important types are the security rights and due process rights. "Security rights protect people against crimes such as murder, massacre, torture and rape" and maintain the peaceful order in a given country. "Due process rights" preserve the persons' rights of fair trial and protect the individuals...

  46. English 108 Torture Essay

    be Permissible to Torture Suspected Terrorists to Gather Information” by Vincent Iacopino and “The Case for Torture” by Michael Levin both use different techniques to defend their stance against torture. However, both authors use deductive reasoning to defend their opinion on torture and both authors...

  47. Waterboard

    being trained to resist and not to inflict. But is this torture that they undergoing? Hitchens wanted to find out for himself. Hitchens wanted to experience waterboarding for himself so that he can determine if it should be considered a form of torture. He actually places himself into the world of waterboarding...

  48. Dimmesdale: the Bearer of the Scarlet Letter

    the scarlet letter. However, it is Dimmesdale’s guilty conscience and struggle to rise above the sin that makes the essence of the narrative. The argument for Dimmesdale as a protagonist lies in the answers to the following questions. Does Dimmesdale’s character change throughout the story? Does he have...

  49. Morality

    order making clear that the United States will not torture under any circumstances. On this, we are in agreement with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an organization of more than 200 faith groups seeking an end to "U.S.-sponsored torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." Locally...

  50. Torture Is an Evil so Profound That Nothing Could Morally Justify Its Use

    Torture is an evil so profound that nothing could morally justify its use”. Discuss. Introduction This essay will discuss issues relating to torture and investigate the proponents for torture and their arguments for justifying torture in a range of circumstances as against my argument that in no...

  51. Is Torture Ever Ok?

    Thomas Erb Is Torture Ever Ok? As a I discussed in my third essay, there are many disputes between people on whether or not torture should ever be allowed. I am writing my opinion on this heated issue and explaining why torture should be allowed under extreme circumstances. Extreme instances that...

  52. To Torture or Not?

    English Writing 101 28 July 2010 To Torture or Not? After the United States suffered terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, the well being of our nation would be of great interest to the Bush Administration. Anything and everything has been done to ensure that such an attack that does not occur...

  53. The Enjoyment of Breaking the Rules

    used in ‘Lord of the Flies’ strengthens his implication. These reasons will be further explained in detail in the next few paragraphs. My first argument will be on how people enjoy breaking rules once out of supervision. I will reference one of my past experiences of a geography class as an example...

  54. Is Torture Justifiable

    Is Torture Morally Justifiable? The moral rightness of torture has had great exposure in our society for the past decade. Proponents of this method have argued that, without it, progress of gathering intelligence would be impossible. Of course, those who are against it see it as inhumane and ineffective...

  55. Capital Punishment

    reasons as to why I believe the death penalty should be legalized in all states, including deterrence, retribution, and morality; and because opposing arguments do not hold up, I will refute the ideas that the death penalty is unconstitutional, irrevocable mistakes are made, and that there is a disproportionality...

  56. Dbq on the Usefulness of Torture

    several different viewpoints on the utilization of torture and its effectiveness as a means to elicit information. A main argument has been supplied that torture is ineffective in its purpose to gather information from the victim. The usefulness of torture has been questioned because prisoners might use...

  57. Torture Essay

    the main arguments against torture is that it is immoral. There are plenty of arguments to whether torture should be legalized or not. Alan Dershowitz believes that torture should be legalized for life saving events. This may be true; however, Phillip Heymann believes that legalizing torture would begin...

  58. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of Natural Law

    do it out of the urge of the moment but we do it because our reason tells us it is the right or wrong thing to do. However, being a deontological argument, and accepting certain actions to be intrinsically right or wrong no account is taken of the situation. It can be strongly argued that whether something...

  59. Poem 25

    class requires the coverage of the American history. Consequently, Natasha Trethewey creates an image of a black American domestic worker undergoing torture from her employer. Therefore, it would be impossible to argue against the inclusion of the poem into the curriculum based on the premise of American...

  60. Euthanasia

    legalized? There are two sides to this critical issue. One side of the argument is that everyone has the right to die because it is your life and you should be allowed to terminate it at anytime you feel the need. The other side of the argument is that this is wrong and it goes against religious values and it...