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1. Alan Dershowitz discusses the case of the “ticking bomb terrorist”. Explain the “ticking bomb terrorist” scenario and how Dershowitz uses utilitarian ethical theory to justify his views on the use of torture for the purpose of interrogation. Include a discussion of which form of utilitarianism Dershowitz favors and why. Then explain Dershowitz’s proposal to authorize judges to issue torture warrants and what he believes will be accomplished by this. Finally, consider at least two objections that David Luban makes to the moral acceptability of torture. Which of the two views do you think is the best one? Why?

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