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.
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?