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BBC: Torture and human dignity – Sandel documentary [video]

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Is torture ever justified? What if innocent lives are at stake? This excerpt from the BBC documentary “Justice: A Citizen’s Guide to the 21st Century” examines the debate between Kantians and utilitarians on human dignity. Watch using the embedded video player above.

Is Torture Ever Justified?

Is Torture Ever Justified?

Suppose a man has planted a bomb in New York City, and it will explode in twenty-four hours unless the police are able to find it. Should it be legal for the police to use torture to extract information from the suspected bomber?