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Physicalism is improbable


Thanks to Sargon for proposing this topic. Standard DDO rules apply -- first round for acceptance, no new arguments or rebuttals in the final round, no semantics, no trolling, etc, etc etc. I have the burden of proof in this debate to show that Physicalism is improbable. The definition of Physicalism can be found here -- I look forward to an interesting debate!...

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Updated 5 Months Ago

Legalized Prostitution


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

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Does god exist


we will argue that god doesn't exist or he does exist i will be arguing he doesnt exist please dont attack me personally yet opinionated not personally im not trying to attack anyone or change there beliefs but just share ideas please accept and this will be the format con argument rebuttal and argument summary summary final focus final focus...

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Updated 2 Weeks Ago

This house believes that "Knowledge is impossible"


My stand is that knowledge is possible. Before I begin my argumentation: Knowledge shall be defined by the traditional "justified true belief" analysis of knowledge, that is an agent knows a proposition only if the agent holds a belief in the proposition that is justified, and that the proposition turns out to be true. For simplification matters, since we are assuming the truth of justified true belief, let us not drag in the matter of Gettier Cases. Belief is defined as having a propositional...

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If I travelled foward through time and killed myself would I be committing suicide or murder?


I envision a court case in which a time traveller having travelled forward through time, has been witnessed killing himself/herself and now stands trial for murder. Scientists have established that indeed the killer has travelled through time and has killed his/her future self. The accused's defence team argue that the time traveller is innocent of murder and had merely committed suicide. Pro will argue from the stance of the prosecution, that it was murder. Con will take the stance that is...

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Updated 2 Weeks Ago

God Debate Switch-a-roo


Con-- Me, I am christian and will argue that god DOESN'T exist. Pro-- You, you must be atheist and will argue that god DOES exist. The purpose is that after I calmed my christian bloodlust against atheism in my first month here i got bored of the god debates that take up about one-fifth to one-seventh of our beloved site. So i want to spice it up a bit. And the christian god as described in the bible (for standard lets use the KJV) is the god we are arguing about existing. I have a...

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Can we know anything for certain?


We use logic to deductively determine the truth value or soundness of arguments. But even logic rests on axiomatic principles suchs as the identity and non-contradiction principle. If we were to ever doubt of them, what else could we use to determine their veracity? Would we be left with utter uncertainty? Of course i am not sold on the con argument, i am just defending it for the sake of debate, if there is any point in debating at all. I am new to this site, so if anyone wants to join th...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

There Are Good Secular Reasons to Disallow Same-Sex Marriage


HonestDiscussioner and I have agreed on terms. I will launch immediately into my opening statement.~The state regulates marriage for a reason. It dispenses benefits for a reason. Understanding what this reason is will tell us what criteria are and are not relevant to marriage, and thus whether any rights are being denied. If the state excludes same-sex couples from entering into legal marriages on the basis of criteria relevant to the public purpose of marri...

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Updated 2 Years Ago

In determining anything to be true do we use faith whatsoever?


Faith is the excuse people use for believing something when they don't have a good reason.-Matt Dilahunty When we go about our lives we tend to think that using faith ever is "okay" or rational or acceptable. However you want to say it under NO circumstances ever using faith is the most rational reason in determining something to be true. Whether determining your own personal religious view or if you are deciding who to trust with a prized possession of yours faith is the most irrational way t...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

Is atheism good for the world?


Hello. In this debate, Pro will be arguing that atheism is good for the world, and I will be arguing that it is not. This does not necessarily mean that I will be arguing that atheism is bad for the world, I will simply be arguing that it is not good for the world. Please leave the first round to acceptance. No new arguments in final round. Definitions: Atheism: the doctrine or belief that there is no God or gods. Good: beneficial World: Mankind, the world in which we live in I wi...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago