CREED Public Lecture Series: Bob Brecher

10th Apr 2008 - 6:00pm

Edge Hill University

The Centre for Research Ethics and Ethical Deliberation (CREED) public lecture series ‘Ethics, Torture and the War on Terror’ will focus attention on one of today’s key social, political and ethical issues: is torture ever justified?

The invited speakers, including both academics and those with direct experience of the consequences of the contemporary use of torture, will critically explore this question in relation to the politics of the ‘War on Terror’.

Bob Brecher is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Brighton and Director of its Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. His published works include Torture and the Ticking Bomb (Blackwell Press, Oxford, 2007). His lecture will offer a critical analysis on recent attempts to argue for and justify the legalisation of interrogational torture as an accepted weapon in the War on Terror.

Focusing in particular on the utilitarian arguments of America’s leading civil rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz in the so-called ‘ticking bomb’ scenarios, Brecher examines the practical implications for policy, the empirical question of the efficacy of torture, as well as its ethical implications.

As a result, he suggests, torture is never the ‘least bad option’, does not work, even in ticking bomb scenarios and is always wrong.

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Welcome drinks will be served from 5pm at each event, the lecture will commence at 6pm and further light refreshments will be available afterwards.