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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 2 Weeks Ago

Can we understand death?


ForewordThis debate has been done to find a good debating partner to do philosophical discussions with. The topic is one from about a year ago, with I and a now inactive user profjb. Other Philosophy debates on my profile will be used for the next debate, and then I will probably start thinking of new topics.I look forward to finding a smart and mature partner to discuss things with.Debate

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Abortion is the killing of an innocent human being, the right to life is an inalienable right given to every innocent human being, therefore, abortion, as the direct result of the killing of an innocent human child, violates the inalienable right to life. Thus, abortion is wrong. I would like to argue against abortion. There is no layout other than that my opponent should first provide a retort to the paragraph stated above in round one. This is just a free discussion in a relaxed manner. Als...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

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 3 Weeks Ago

Morality is Objective


This Debate is Part of the first round of BSH1's "Ethics and Philosophy Tournament". The minimum voting Elo rating is 2500.DefinitionsMorality: principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.Objective: not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.Feeling or opinio...

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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 3 Weeks Ago

is homosexuality actually a sin


The bible was written long ago when there was not a such a copious amount of scientific research, and as such the people then believed that homosexuality was a choice because there was nothing to prove otherwise. You must know that the holy bible was also written in societal morals, not only religious morals. For example, people back then deemed it permissible to stone a woman who had lost her virginity before marriage....

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Eternal life is existing


The basic premise proceeds from the assumption that the probability of a world coming into existence exactly like our own is greater than zero (we know this because our world exists). If space is infinite, then cosmology tells us that our existence will recur an infinite number of times. We also know for a fact that we are made of atoms and particles. Giving infinite time and space, there will eventually be same atoms and particles IN SAME ORDER, therefore our existence is cyclical and not li...

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Is it likely that a God exists?


Hey there! I am new here. I have viewed some debates on this site and I have educated myself about how to debate over the last week or so. I apologize if my debating style is poor - with practise comes perfection! I am only 15. If you are significantly older than I am, don't hesitate to accept, I want a challenge :)People tend to define things in the first round, and assign a format to the debate; I will do the same!"God" - "a person or thing of s...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Handicap Debate - God Exists


*Debate is closed, leave message in comments to accept*BackgroundI am strongly of the opinion that 10,000 characters is plenty to present a decent case for virtually any position. Thus it infinitely irrita...

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