Impact Of Kant's View On Ethics

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Introduction According to International Rehabilitation Council for Torture, torture is defined as any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for different purposes like getting information from him, punishing him as a suspect, pressuring him to get them to another person. Many governments or secret agencies use torture to get information from people who are suspected to have certain information that could help the government in any way. Torture has been going on in different nation worldwide but they deny its existence. People have completely different views on torture when it comes to being ethical. Some people believe that torture can be ethical since…show more content…
Discussion in Kant’s and Mill’s Views on Torture Mill believes in judging one’s actions according to the outcome or the consequence it brings. Therefore, when it comes to torture, Mill’s perspectives infer that torture can sometimes be ethical when they torture someone to ensure the safety of others. According to Lee (2000), the principle of utility defines general happiness. Therefore, if torturing one person result in the happiness of more people then Mill would agree that torture is useful and ethical. As mentioned earlier, Kant believes that someone is ought to do what is right without considering the situation nor the outcome it will bring. According to the categorical imperative, Kant believes that people perform certain actions to fulfill duties if it is right. Therefore, torture will never be an option for Kant since even if it can benefit for other people, it is still not the right thing to do since it hurts the person. Analysis of the articles Dershowitz
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