A poll for philosophers and torture apologists
There's a bomb somewhere in New York, and it's about to go off. Unfortunately, you don't know where it is.
Given no other choice, how many saved lives would it take before you would consider the following actions justified?
- Torturing someone.
- Torturing someone who might not be guilty.
- Torturing their wife and child.
- Torturing their wife and child in front of them while we forced them to watch.
- Raping and torturing their wife and child in front of them while we forced them to watch.
- Torturing their wife and child as above, to death.
Make the number of lives saved high enough, and you can justify anything. Is that the correct way to go about making functional national policy?