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This answer falls almost squarely in line with what I was thinking. I will elaborate in my own comment below, but philosophically, we're headed in the same direction here. Great answer!
Unfortunately people desperate for answers who use torture inevitably end up with the wrong answers. A serial killer might respond to torture but even there I have my doubts. religious nuts or the innocent...very doubtful.
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Great answer. Best so far.
This is a situation and application I hadn't even considered for a moment. Thumbs up.
Torture is a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering. In this case, what you would be doing would be to relieve suffering and save the person's life. That's not the same as torture.
I'm inclined to agree with you, quildon. This situation isn't torture in the traditional sense, or even the definitional sense.
From the perspective of the one with the wound though, one could see how he might refer to it as a type of torture.
In removing the bullet you are not trying to get the other person to talk. If you were you'd probably get gibberish from them anyway. It has been proven. Torture leads to the gathering of misinformation. It also leads to the torture of the innocent.
Hmm.. As a form of punishment, isolation and torture are both entirely unethical; they're synonymous. Any form of retribution or punishment is always unethical.
But we can think a little deeper, philosophically, about when torture might be ethical.
Sounds like you're contradicting yourself. First you say it's wrong then you say it could be ok. We already isolate people like solitary confinement..I was thinking of exile.Some people voluntarily exile themselves and like it so it may not be punish
I'm saying it's wrong as a form of punishment. Punishment is not supposed to represent retribution.
In other instances, you might be justified in using torture to obtain life saving information from a monster who you know has the information.
Isolation is a form of torture. Besides, who knows what goes on in an isolation cell? No witnesses.