Torture and National Security: A Moral Question Essay

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Throughout the semester, we, as freshmen Fellows, have been studying and questioning the existence of morals, why they are important, and to whom or for whom our moral responsibility lends itself. The curriculum is a comprehensive examination of these questions and successfully projects ideas about human morality that, depending on which text, either affirmed or questioned our morality. In addition, we have addressed moral disengagement, a plague that seems to inject every one of us with the ability to ignore or reject situations which call for moral action. While the curriculum does an appropriate job in addresses these questions, there seems to be room for expansion with a type of "gray area" subject. The text that I recommend for …show more content…
Throughout the semester, we, as freshmen Fellows, have been studying and questioning the existence of morals, why they are important, and to whom or for whom our moral responsibility lends itself. The curriculum is a comprehensive examination of these questions and successfully projects ideas about human morality that, depending on which text, either affirmed or questioned our morality. In addition, we have addressed moral disengagement, a plague that seems to inject every one of us with the ability to ignore or reject situations which call for moral action. While the curriculum does an appropriate job in addresses these questions, there seems to be room for expansion with a type of "gray area" subject. The text that I recommend for inclusion into the Calling and Leadership 102 curriculum is an 1978 entry into the Philosophy and Public Affairs journal simply entitled, "Torture", written by Henry Shue, a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. If included in the curriculum, it would be in the Section 3b, which asks if disobedience or violence is ever moral. This article should be included because of the author's demonstrated expertise in the subject, its alignment and expansion of the section it should be included in, and ability to induce "gray area" type questions about the role of the global community in regards to torture and public safety. When determining the curriculum for this course, an important

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