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On balance, human nature is more selfish than altruistic.


Hello! This debate was my contribution to bsh1's Open Debate Topics List (, so I thought I might try it out.Definitions:Human nature: The psychological and social qualities that characteriz...

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Updated 1 Month Ago

Materialism is the best way to pursue happiness


Round 1-Acceptance, Round 2-Cases, Round 3-Rebuttals, Round 4-Defense Materialism- a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. Pursue-follow (someone or something) in order to catch Happy-feeling or showing pleasure or contentment: I will be arguing that materialism is the best way to achieve happiness. My opponent will argue that there are more negative effects of materialism than there are benefits....

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Updated 6 Months Ago

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


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 3 Months Ago



Clarification: I am not really convinced of this topic and in an effort to delve into the topic further I am hoping to debate the topic at hand....

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Updated 8 Months Ago

Is it morally permissible to kill one innocent person to save the lives of more innocent people?


I recently debate this topic with N7. (1) As is was my first debate and I am working to impove I would like to try my hand at this topic again. I did make a subtle change. The resolution is now a question. This is important to notice as I want the burden of proof to be shared in this debate. It will be my burden to argue that it is morally permissable, while my opponnet will need to argue that it is not. I have set the character limit to 6,000 and the time between rounds to 3 da...

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Updated 7 Months Ago

Abortion is always Morally Permissible


PrefaceI have recently been having some philosophical and logical consistency issues with my Pro-Choice stance. I would therefore like to defend a Pro-Life position to help me understand that persepective, and to determine which point of view I find more compelling.To accept this debate, you must have completed 4 debates already. To vote you must have a minimum of 3,000 ELO. Because this is such a contentious issue, I would also like to remind voters...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

People do not have free will.


In this debate, my burden is to demonstrate that the universe is determined. Determinism: The philosophical doctrine that every state of affairs, including every human event, act, and decision is the inevitable consequence of antecedent states of affairs. Free Will: The philosophical doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice that is not determined by physical or divine forces. I will let my oppon...

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Updated 5 Months Ago

Abortion Is Prima Facie Morally Wrong


Allow me to begin by saying how pleased I am to be debating Josh Brahm. I'm sure that many of you will never get to read a more powerful case for the pro-life position than the case you will read in the course of this debate. And I only hope that I can do as well while I proceed to defend the pro-choice position. In this debate I'm going to argue that abortion is not morally reprehensible and should not be illegal, given the actual qualities that a human fetus possesses. Unlike a person, a f...

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Updated 5 Years Ago

The United States has a moral obligation to ban guns.


This debate is an informal Lincoln Douglas debate. No framework or contentions. Just put out your main arguments and justification for this, no warrants, and if you deeply believe in one side or the other please do not accept this debate. I do not mean to offend anyone. You are allowed to put observations for the topic, then your arguments, with taglines first then justifications. Order Goes: First off, Round one, Pro puts down case, and Neg ) makes arguments against my case, and puts down t...

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Updated 2 Months Ago

The Problem of Evil falsifies the Christian God's Omnibenevolence


I am honoured to have Wylted accept this debate! Best of luck to him!.The burden of proof is on me to demonstrate the resolution to be true. I will argue in the following round and Con may provide rebuttals/arguments in the same round.10,000 characters.Round 1: AcceptanceRound 2: Opening arguments, Con may rebut meRound 3: Rebuttals/ArgumentsRound 4: Rebuttals/Conclusions - No new arguments/brand new rebuttalsThat is all, good luck!!...

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Updated 2 Years Ago