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Does the future (and past) exist? Metaphysics 101

Billjunior
TheGamesOfSociety

Hi- this debate will be whether or not the future (and past) exists or not. I will attempt to argue that the future does, indeed, exists, while Con will argue that only the present exists. If you accept please argue rationally as this is actually a somewhat serious debate, though feel free to use whatever tone you want. Definitions: Exist- To be real in the present. Present - Existing or occurring now. Past- Something that occured that is not in the present. Future- Something that ha...

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Updated 3 Months Ago

Should abortion be legal, and if so, is it moral?

Billjunior
DanBe

In this debate, I, the instigator, will be arguing that abortion should be legal (in all counties), and that it is moral to have an abortion. For the purposes of the argument, let's define abortion as "the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy". Good luck to whomever may accept this challenge :) Opening argument- Many people state that abortion is killing an inncoent person. While that is true, it does not entail that therefore abortion isn't moral. The fetus's right to live, does not e...

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Morals are dependent on context.

DrSenelCoolidge
bearski

Are morals not dependent on context? I believe not; I believe morals are dependent on the contexts to which they apply. Please, allow me to define and explain a situation. For example, say that you were caught stealing from someone, where stealing is defined as wrong in someone's morality. Also, you were caught stealing because you needed a medicine for a dying child, and the setting is the legal system. Take it that the owner of said medicine is unwilling to negotiate a cheaper price for...

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Updated 3 Months Ago

Does morality exist?

Rafique
Moq

I don't think morality exist,anyone who accept my open challenge?I have good arguments to use so anyone come over to debate me!I am really really itchy for an intelligent debate!...

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Updated 3 Months Ago

Resolved: If Forced To Choose, people ought to priotorize their national identity over their common

lannan13
That1User

I would like to thank That1User for accepting this debate as it is the 2nd round of Bsh1's Unique Topics Tournament. For more info you can click on this link. (http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/91461/)ResolutionResolved: If Forced To Choose, people ought to priotorize their national identity over their common humanity.Rules1. No forfeits2. Citations s...

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16 Comments
Updated 3 Months Ago

Life has value

theteamnoob
Throwback

I challenged Throwback to a debate in response to his comment saying that I cannot justify the idea that life lacks value. I would like to say that this is not an attack on the person at all , just a good clash of intellect which is what this site is for - should he choose to accept. I quite simply believe that life does not have value. Quick Oxford Definitions Value : 1. The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something: 2. Consider (som...

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Updated 3 Months Ago

That a human life is intrinsically worth more than the life of an animal

Skeptical1
Bremners

The topic pretty much sums it up. If you accept this debate, you are saying that you can justify making the claim that as a general principle, a human life is worth more than an animal (to avoid getting into ridiculous discussions, we'll say any mammal, then we won't be arguing about amoebas). My job is to show that such a claim can't be justified. I will open with the example of the killing of a gorilla named Harambe when a three year old child climbed into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinatt...

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Updated 3 Months Ago

If we could live forever, would our lives be "meaningless"?

Ryosukeboo
preciselylogan

No, our lives would not be meaningless if we could live forever. There are a lot of things in life we could successfully bring about or reach. Life would not have its meaning if we are going to die in the end. We as humans tend to limit ourselves because of fear, procrastination or perfection. There will always be a thought in our mind that the time is not right yet, or we are not feeling ready. By living forever, we are giving ourselves more time to overcome fears. We just do not seem to know w...

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8 Comments
Updated 3 Months Ago

For a grown man to step on a kitten is a morally neutral act

Discipulus_Didicit
joshuroar

Con can make arguments in the first round, but by doing so gives up their right to make arguments in round two. Con also has the option of using the first round as acceptance.(we both have one round to argue) con also accepts all definitions. 2000 character limit can be increased on request to whatever Con desires before accepting. Two rounds is non-negotiable. Our definitions will be vastly oversimplified, but that is just because I want this to be a short debate. I don't have enough real...

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7 Comments
Updated 3 Months Ago

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should enforce mandatory vaccinations.

lannan13
Stupidape

I would like to thank my opponent ahead of time for accepting this debate. This debate's resolution is as follows: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should enforce mandatory vaccinations.Rules1. No forfeits2. Citations should be provided in the text of the debate3. No new arguments in the final speeches4. Observe good sportsmanship and act civilly/decorously in the debate5. No trolling6. No "krit...

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4 Comments
Updated 3 Months Ago