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Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified

realpheonix
Stupidape

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." -Henry David Thoreau- Because I agree the words given by Thoreau, I strongly affirm today's resolution, civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. I have 2 definitions According to proffesr Michael Walser"s book, Civil disobedience is a non revolutionary encounter with the state, in a which a person breaks the law but does so in ways that do not challenge the legitimacy of the legal or political sys...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Can you change my mind?

Benjiboy960
vi_spex

Can you change my mind? Try to use psychology to make me think that you can....

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Updated 4 Weeks Ago

The existence of a God-Like Entity

ClassyCoder
CuriousFear

My debate is as follows: Though I personally believe that a God associated with a variety of (in my opinion) ridiculous religious beliefs does not exist, I still argue that a God-Like entity exists. Furthermore, if you choose to join, please note the definition of "God-like entity" used in the argument: "An entity capable of creating anything, including itself from nothing". This argument is debating the existence of such an entity. This entity does not necessarily have consciousness or huma...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

Does the future (and past) exist? Metaphysics 101

Billjunior
TheGamesOfSociety

Hi- this debate will be whether or not the future (and past) exists or not. I will attempt to argue that the future does, indeed, exists, while Con will argue that only the present exists. If you accept please argue rationally as this is actually a somewhat serious debate, though feel free to use whatever tone you want. Definitions: Exist- To be real in the present. Present - Existing or occurring now. Past- Something that occured that is not in the present. Future- Something that ha...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Should abortion be legal, and if so, is it moral?

Billjunior
DanBe

In this debate, I, the instigator, will be arguing that abortion should be legal (in all counties), and that it is moral to have an abortion. For the purposes of the argument, let's define abortion as "the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy". Good luck to whomever may accept this challenge :) Opening argument- Many people state that abortion is killing an inncoent person. While that is true, it does not entail that therefore abortion isn't moral. The fetus's right to live, does not e...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

Morals are dependent on context.

DrSenelCoolidge
bearski

Are morals not dependent on context? I believe not; I believe morals are dependent on the contexts to which they apply. Please, allow me to define and explain a situation. For example, say that you were caught stealing from someone, where stealing is defined as wrong in someone's morality. Also, you were caught stealing because you needed a medicine for a dying child, and the setting is the legal system. Take it that the owner of said medicine is unwilling to negotiate a cheaper price for...

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Updated 4 Weeks Ago

Does morality exist?

Rafique
Moq

I don't think morality exist,anyone who accept my open challenge?I have good arguments to use so anyone come over to debate me!I am really really itchy for an intelligent debate!...

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10 Comments
Updated 1 Month Ago

Resolved: If Forced To Choose, people ought to priotorize their national identity over their common

lannan13
That1User

I would like to thank That1User for accepting this debate as it is the 2nd round of Bsh1's Unique Topics Tournament. For more info you can click on this link. (http://www.debate.org/forums/debate.org/topic/91461/)ResolutionResolved: If Forced To Choose, people ought to priotorize their national identity over their common humanity.Rules1. No forfeits2. Citations s...

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago

Life has value

theteamnoob
Throwback

I challenged Throwback to a debate in response to his comment saying that I cannot justify the idea that life lacks value. I would like to say that this is not an attack on the person at all , just a good clash of intellect which is what this site is for - should he choose to accept. I quite simply believe that life does not have value. Quick Oxford Definitions Value : 1. The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something: 2. Consider (som...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

That a human life is intrinsically worth more than the life of an animal

Skeptical1
Bremners

The topic pretty much sums it up. If you accept this debate, you are saying that you can justify making the claim that as a general principle, a human life is worth more than an animal (to avoid getting into ridiculous discussions, we'll say any mammal, then we won't be arguing about amoebas). My job is to show that such a claim can't be justified. I will open with the example of the killing of a gorilla named Harambe when a three year old child climbed into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinatt...

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Updated 1 Month Ago