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Tophatdoc
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Are We Given Freedom(Pro) or Are We Born Free(Con)?

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Tophatdoc
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/4/2014 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Tophatdoc

Con

I as Con will be arguing that we as human beings are born free. I provided the definition below to the word "Freedom" to describe what the debate entails. The burden of proof will be shared since my opponent will be arguing we are given freedom.

Round 1: Acceptance Only.

Freedom:"the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action"

http://www.merriam-webster.com...
TheDebater321

Pro

I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
Tophatdoc

Con

I would like to thank Pro for accepting this debate. I wish best of luck to him.


I will use three points showing that human beings are born free.

1) Existence affirms Freedom
Human beings are born free to think and act on their thoughts from childbirth. Whether actions are conscious or relate to the subconscious is another matter. Human beings can control their actions as they wish. They are free to do as they wish unless they suffer from some sort of disability which renders them impotent altogether. To understand this more clearly, here is a quote by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: "The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it[1]." The human being can control his own thoughts which affirms his own freedom to believe and acts as he wishes.

[1]The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius[Book IV]
-http://books.google.com...

2) Freedom is impaired by the will of others
Following point #1, freedom can only be impaired by others. These restrictions may include laws, morals, manners, etiquette, formalities, and other negative concepts which seek to restrain and dictate human behavior. The human being is born free but he is impaired and controlled by these negative concepts.

3)Freedom can not be given, it can only stop being denied
If someone puts someone in slavery or bounds someone by oppressive laws then that person's freedom is denied. When slavery is stopped or the oppressive laws have been lifted they are not being given freedom. Freedom is no longer being denied to them any longer. The individual or individuals possessed freedom before but it was denied by the will of others.
TheDebater321

Pro

TheDebater321 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Tophatdoc

Con

Extend all existing arguments. My opponent has not provided any arguments or counterarguments for me to address. Please vote Con.
TheDebater321

Pro

TheDebater321 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Tophatdoc 3 years ago
Tophatdoc
The definition was offered in the first round. So it is not referring to only freedom to walk and talk.
Posted by Jifpop09 3 years ago
Jifpop09
Freedom, as in right to talk, speak, or walk?
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