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Hume was more important in the development of philosophy than Kant

socialpinko
phantom

The resolution seems rather self-explanatory. Pro will make the argument that Hume was more important than Kant in the subsequent deveopment of philosophy. Con will make the opposite argument, being that Kant was more important than Hume.The definition of important will be in some sense subjective. However, the term should be used within reason. Kant refers to Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher.Hume refers to David Hume, the Scottish philosopher....

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Humanity ought to allow animals access to basic rights.

Zaradi
phantom

Someone call the presses! Zaradi's not making an LD debate! Zaradi: Not exactly true, since this is basically the Sept/Oct resolution from last year but it won't be done in LD format. Definitions: Humanity - Fairly obvious. Ought - a moral obligation to do something. Animals - Non-human creatures (excluding insects and such) Basic rights - Right to Life, right not to be treated inhumanly, etc. Besides what consitutes "basic rights", all the definitions are fairly obvious. Seman...

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61 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Logic should not be trusted.

MouthWash
InquireTruth

First of all, I assert that even the most basic axiom could be false, since there could be some massive hole in it that our potentially defective brains cannot realize. Attempts to render logic relevant (such as Occam's Razor) fail because they are presupposed on the validity of axioms. Whoever accepts this debate must refute this position (first round will be refutation, not acceptance).Puppies!...

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16 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

The categorical imperative vs. the principle of utility

Noumena
Stephen_Hawkins

In this debate, the Pro will undertake to defend the categorical imperative while the Con will defend the principle of utility as a justified ethical principle. The standard to win is to defend your own position while disproving the others.===Definitions===Kant's first formulation of the categorical imperative was to “act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal la...

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13 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Generally, Sex Before Marriage is Not Morally Sound

xXCryptoXx
Stephen_Hawkins

I have made this debate nearly impossible to accept.Anyone that would like to accept it, please post in the comments section and I will decide whether or not I want to debate you. Anyone that finds a way to accept this debate without my permission will automatically forfeit all rounds and all 7 points will go to me.

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23 Comments
Updated 10 Months Ago

Resolved: Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States.

QueenVictoria
InVinoVeritas

As many people have been telling me that I need to start doing online debates to prove that I am capable of coaching, I will take that advice and challenge the community to this topic. I will take the side of the pro, here is my constructive. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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15 Comments
Updated 7 Months Ago

The Kalam Cosmological Argument

kohai
Contradiction

Thank you, contradiction, for agreeing to debate Kalām cosmological argument. In this debate, I shall show how the KCA is a poor argument and really holds no water. In the first round, I will allow contradiction to post his arguments. ROUNDS 1) Opening arguments from contradiction 2) First rebuttals 3) Second rebuttals 4) Closing arguments/fourth rebuttals. Good luck and I am looking forward to am engaging debate....

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97 Comments
Updated 2 Years Ago

Compatabilism is a flawed philosophical doctrine.

Danielle
Kinesis

Many thanks in advance to whomever accepts this debate.I originally sent this challenge to Reasoning; however, like most people on this site, he declined my direct challenge. I don't see why considering not only is he a vehement Compatibilist, but so are some of the most brilliant philosophers in the world today. There is plenty of pro-Compatibilist information for my future opponent to steal from the internet, I can assure you. In fact it is the most popular position, so I will...

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20 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

An actual infinite is possible and does exist.

i-Immaterial
horisam

I (pro) will be arguing that an actually infinite number of things is indeed possible and we can easily see it. BoP will be on me, but con must provide a refutation to my argument. Rules 1. A forfeit or concession is not allowed. 2. No trolling or lawyering. 3. Debate resolution, definitions, rules, and structure cannot be changed without asking in the comments before you post your round 1 argument. Debate resolution, definitions, rules, and structure cannot be changed in the middle o...

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29 Comments
Updated 2 Months Ago

The Cogito is absolutly Certain

The_Fool_on_the_hill
Danielle

Cogito Ergo Sum This is often phrased in English as "I think therefore I am" This debate will be about the certainty of self-existence I will be arguing for its Absolute certainty. Con will be arguing against it. Bop is on me Terms of acceptance 1. Appeal to authorty or references are NOT replacements for Arguments. 2. Principle of Charity=Conduct 4. The Most informative, precise, reasonable definitions are to be taken over others. Principle of Charity -respecting the most...

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11 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago