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Resolved: A just society requires the recognition of animal rights.


First round will be for acceptance, following rounds for debate. Obviously, this is the current LD resolution. Let's try to debate it that way. Sources are important, but not overwhelmingly important. Logic, reason, etc. should be the grounds for compelling arguments. Kritiks are fine, so long as you do not willfully misinterpret the resolution or wage an assault on the dictionary. In our efforts we ought to mutually endeavor to test the strengths of our ideas, rather than quibble over phraseolo...

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Updated 4 Years Ago

I am the only real person on

Zarium I've got you now. You are made of machines. I am the only real user on this site; all the rest is AI....

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Updated 3 Months Ago

Gay Adoption


First round is for acceptance. Good luck....

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Updated 3 Months Ago

On balance, Collectivism is preferable to Individualism


1. First round for acceptance 2. No new arguments in the final round 3. This debate should be impossible to accept. Finding a way to accept without permission will result in an automatic loss for Con. If you would like to accept, please say so in the comments section, and I will challenge you when I feel like it. 4. By accepting the debate, Con agrees to the following definitions... >> Collectivism- the philosophy that the interests of society as a whole should be considered ethicall...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Zaradi's Prized Tournament: Animal Rights


PrefaceThis is the Semi-Final round of Zaradi's Prize Debate Tournament. I want to extend my thanks to Zaradi for hosting and for being magnanimous enough to attach a prize to this tournament. I also want to thank 16k--it may have taken us awhile to agree on a topic (and by "awhile" I mean eons...), but we got here nonetheless :)This is a judge-only, "select winner" debate. The judges are Raisor, Dalt, Endark, BV, Cermank, Wylted, Bluesteel, Thett, Z...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

if you dont have kids, you don't have a use.


The meaning of life in it's simplest terms is to procreate. On this basis if you do not make life you have no meaning. Your of no benefit to mankind. Living and life are two separate things. By living you can have meaning through others. As mankind's survival is based on making new life if you do not have children then you are of no use....

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Updated 11 Months Ago

God exists


Definitions God: An entity that is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent and the cause of the universe. Universe: all and only that which exists (in this case, synonymous with reality). Cause: Something that brings about an effect or result First round is for acceptance only....

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It is more ethical to kill five people rather than one person. (Please read description)


Philisophical/Ethical debating. I am aware that although there may be no correct answer, as my debate is based purely on abstract thought, although I am intrigued to see what the thoughts/opinions will be. The topic of debate is as follows: I would like to start off by submitting a scenario. Suppose you are travelling down a track in a runaway trolley Cart, you are travelling at 60mph and the brakes are broken. At the end of the track in the distance you notice 5 workers going about t...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

1000 character debate: Trolley Problem


Resolution: If a trolley is headed towards five people tied to a track and you are near a switch and can switch the trolley onto a different track where one person is tied to the track, you ought not switch.It is assumed that the people the trolley hits will definitely die. Practical considerations will not figure into this.Nor will Kritiks. For instance arguing that 'ought' is entirely subjective, thus this resolution has no right or wrong ans...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Morality can be determined objectively and scientifically


DefinitionsMorality: a set of guidelines for how people ought to behave in a given social environment in order to maximize human well-beingWell-being: a fuzzy concept, like physical health but extended to all aspects of the human being (no one can agree on a precise definition of health, but that doesn't stop us from having meaningful, mutually intelligible discussions about how to improve it)Scienti...

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