Abstract

This essay argues that much of the continuing appeal of the ticking time-bomb scenario has to do with the way it exploits deeply held beliefs regarding the relation between pain, sympathy, and the definition of the human that originated in the nineteenth century. These beliefs include the notion that sympathy precludes the infliction of pain; that sympathy is constitutive of humanity; and that in relation to certain kinds of subjects, pain does, in fact, elicit truth.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 1145-1171
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-16
Open Access
No
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