The scenario of the time bomb terrorist gives you the opportunity to
ask yourself what you would do in this extreme circumstance. Consider if
you were placed in such a situation — many lives are in danger because
of a bomb. You are in a position where you have the terrorist in
custody but he or she is refusing to give you the information needed to
stop the bomb. Could torturing one person lead to the greater good —
saving the lives of many?
In your assignment address each of the following points.
- What would a utilitarian do in this situation? Why?
- What would a Buddhist do in this situation? Why?
- What would you do in this situation? Why?