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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 9 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

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

Science can determine human values.

Typhlochactas
KeytarHero

ResolutionScience can determine human values.Definitions

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Violence is Wrong

wrichcirw
sdavio

BackgroundThis debate is probably best described as an ongoing philosophical discussion between sdavio and myself regarding the nature of politics. Sdavio began his existence on this website with a staunchly moral libertarian position that not only advocated the non-aggression principle, but saw it as a means to decrease violence on aggregate, violence being considered immoral in his world view.I un...

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5 Comments
Updated 2 Months Ago

The first cause argument for God is invalid

theta_pinch
Magic8000

First round is acceptance....

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8 Comments
Updated 2 Months Ago

one world's one government, and not many governments, in the future.

Aeiouasdf
jvava

I am not saying the entire world should embrace such a system, starting today. I am referring to a near future where people won't be flying around in space or going on vacations through worm holes, but a future where every nation will have similar socio-economic conditions(or, assuming such will be the state of man kind). Yes, the topic isn't very urgent and is slightly vague, but we can have fun, can't we?...

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2 Comments
Updated 5 Months Ago