Morality is determined by the individual
This topic is open for anyone to debate but they must have a concept of what morality is.
Morality- A system of ideas of right and wrong conduct - free dictionary.com
Individual (noun) - single human considered apart from a society or community free dictionary.com
Resolved:Morality Is determined by the individual.
This definition has to be accepted so both sides may debate the topic fairly
Round 1 acceptance
Round 2-4 arguments
The con may present any idea of were morality comes from but it is the point of the Pro (me) case to prove that morality comes from the individual.
1.)No semantics ( It would be interesting to see someone try but it is not a voting argument so it would be wasted space)
2.) One cannot set fire to the rain, it is metaphysically impossible
3.) This is not a humorous debate, but it would help to have a dry sense of humor
4.) The effect of forfeiting means all seven points go to the remaining individual
5.) Since this is a philosophic debate the burden of proof is logic. Sources help but are not a deciding factor (I hate to put this but after its philosophy not politics)
6.) I hope that trolling is considered misconduct.
7.) Accepting this debate the contentder understands all rules and definitions
I accapt and look foward to this debate
Also I didn't intend this debate to turn into a factual one (Were someone can prove the resolution wrong or right based on a fact. The resolution gives equal leighway to both sides I hope
Now to my case
Morality is determined by the individual.
Axiom – a self-evident truth that requires no proof -dictionary.com
"Humans are conscious of their actions."
The above statement is an "axiom" or a self evident truth. 
The reason it is self evident is because to negate the statement requires an action.
Not only an action, but a conscious action.
Since thinking is a conscious action and so is negation.
Thus one cannot negate STATEMENT 1 without being irrational.
Now STATEMENT 1 does not win me the round automatically since that would ruin the premise of this debate.
Argument from STATEMENT 1
Since humans are conscious of their actions (under average conditions,) humans have choice.
Since individuals have choice, they can choose what ideas to accept, or not.
These ideas could be anything, belief in gravity, belief in Christianity, belief in existence, belief in Atheism ect.
Also other ideas individuals could accept are particular morals or moral systems.
Since individuals may choose to accept certain morals and moral systems morality is dictated by each separate individual for themselves.
A common objection of the argument I have presented is that morality is determined by society. Such morals include, that it is immoral to kill another person. I myself believe murder to be immoral but murderers still kill. Soldiers also kill. And some people believe the death penalty is moral so thus apparently society does not dictate a singular standard of morality for everyone to abide by since people have different interpretations of morality.
Society does enforce its morality, but people still object to society's morals. A person may choose to follow the laws and morals of society of his own free will and there is nothing wrong with that. Although people still break laws, so one comes to the conclusion that people do not accept those laws as moral.
Religion dictates morality.
A common objection to my argument is that "God" chooses what right or wrong and that mortals should adhere to his moral system.
First even if a God dictated such it is proven man has free will so thus an individual would choose whether to accept this God's moral system.
Secondly, if one believes in this God's moral system that's their choice. It does not mean that your morality is what we judge all morality by.
I myself believe in certain morals, that's my morality and through my eyes certain things are immoral.
But the resolution states "Morality is determined by the individual."
Even though I have my own morality, that's my decision and mine alone.
Because humans have free will, we choose what to accept. Humans accept certain morals and reject other ones. Because of this morality is determined by the individuals. In my case I provided 2 "Objections" to try and counter any future arguments the con may have and also to better illustrate my point.
I thank you for your prompt response and hope this will be an enjoyable and intelligent debate.
To sum up the base of your whole argument against either objection I would have to put it this way “not everybody listens to the standards of morality ergo it comes from themselves , they determine it”
This is called the fallacy of the hasty conclusion.
Objection 1: facts are not dependant on us
Consider this analogy.
I say our blood is made up of thousands of tiny living cells.
You disagree and say they are made up of grape juice.
We cant come to agreement on this issue so ergo our blood is determined by the individual. Yours blood is made up of grapes and mine is of cells.
Facts, when they are facts, because they are facts, are not dependant on our successful analysis of them. If they were than they would not be facts they would be unreal illusions. If morality is determined by being whatever they heck you want it to mean for you at your current whimsy of what you feel like it should be then it is not a system based on any real thing. It is an illusion thus you do not as an individual truly determine morality because A: you cant determine a non-existent thing, its like saying I rule the physics of digimon land. (I don’t cause that place doesn’t actually exist for me to determine anything about it). B: your ‘system’ is arguable determined by your situation because it is that situation that factors into why you call what’s right “right” and what’s wrong “wrong”. “I will go to jail if I don’t lie so lying is ‘okay’ right now”.
Objection 2: we don’t follow our own individual systems
Your make your case as if its meaningful to discredit a system as being true objective morality because another person is not following it in there actions. This is completely bunk logic when you point this out while ignoring that even within the individual, they do not follow there own acclaimed system of morality. Because I lie or steal little things sometimes does that mean I have a different system of morals than the traditional Christian one where those things are considered immoral? No, In fact that traditional system is the system I will tell you I go by so to point out my actions contrary to it is meaningless. Your own position this debate at the very least admitted that “I determine my morality” so when I say lying is bad it really is for me according to you and yet I lie. Why? Its not because of any change in system I just lack the discipline to follow through with what is right always. Brushing my teeth each morning is wise and healthy and good but I don’t do it.
I could on, but I think that’s the core of what Id like to start with. Don’t want to overload you with too much info to digest, this should be enough points to focus on for now, there are plenty of rounds to add more if needed.
I await my opponents response.
The fallacy he claims that I have displayed is the fallacy of hasty conclusion.
"Use relevant but insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion about a particular person, place, thing, etc." 
"Hasty generalization is a logical fallacy of faulty generalization by reaching an inductive generalization based on insufficient evidence — essentially making a hasty conclusion without considering all of the variables" 
Now my opponent claims this is where my fallacy lies:
"To sum up the base of your whole argument against either objection I would have to put it this way "not everybody listens to the standards of morality ergo it comes from themselves, they determine it"" CR2
I believe this to be a straw man argument 
"A straw man is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To "attack a straw man" is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the "straw man"), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position." 
So in summary my opponent has missed interpreted my argument. I never stated anywhere that individuals do not adhere to the same moral system thus morality is not the same instead this is what I have stated:
"Since individuals may choose to accept certain morals and moral systems, morality is dictated by each separate individual for themselves."
Because we have free will, we may choose. Because we have choice we may choose ideas. Because we can choose ideas we can choose different ideas or perceptions of morality.
I never stated that there is a constant standard of morality and individuals are not adhering to it.
I HAVE NOT REACHED THE FALLACY OF HASTY CONCLUSION since I have not looked over any evidence. My opponent offered no evidence or new variable so the fallacy of hasty conclusion drops.
Revealing that my opponent has only misinterpreted my argument and wishes to persuade you the same.
"Objection 1: facts are not dependant on us" CR2
I concur facts are objective.
Objective-not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: dictionary.com
Meaning that regardless of what one believes existence exists. Regardless of your perception or feelings.
Thus this makes reality and fact objective (Or not reliant upon us)
HOWEVER Morality does not pertain to existence.
MORALITY is not a fact. ( What I mean by this is that other than morality existing there are no facts about it. All idea based off are just perceptions.)
1. For morality to be fact it would have to be constant or a single morality agreed on by everyone that would be un refuted.
2. Morality is a part of philosophy (I believe this is evident in this round since philosophy has a habit of trying to determine morality)
"The philosopher...is committed what is left when we have taken away what has been defiantly established ... He is the Lord of Uncleared ground,-" the whole quote is in the comments.
The above statement only proves that philosophy is only to answered un-answered questions. Or questions that do not have an answer so far.
Later on in the book the author states that once an answer has been found that question and answer is thrown into a particular science (Other than philosophy.)
So since Philosophy is meant for questions without immediate answers and morality is within Philosophy. morality does not have an immediate answer, so it is not a fact.
However morality exists so there is not a set standard of morality meaning individuals decide for themselves on what morality is.
Even if one does not buy this logic Morality is an Idea that holds no link to the physical existence so it is a "Literal idea" meaning people can have different interpretations of this idea and only be wrong in the eyes of someone with a different perception of said idea.
"Consider this analogy.
I say our blood is made up of thousands of tiny living cells.
You disagree and say they are made up of grape juice.
We cant come to agreement on this issue so ergo our blood is determined by the individual. Yours blood is made up of grapes and mine is of cells." CR2
This analogy is another "strawman" argument because he is trying to persuade you that I have no perception of reality and truth. The analogy he presents can be tested and has an absolute truth when Morality cannot be tested and is not absolute (Other than it exists)
my rebuttal regardless:
He is assuming that morality is constant and can be "factually tested"
Morality is an idea and conjectures based of ideas are "THEORIES"
Theories are supposed answers that have no proof. (When they attain proof they are laws)
So thus Morality has no facts about it (Other than the fact it exists)
"If they were than they would not be facts they would be unreal illusions"
Again he is confusing that morality and facts. Morality is not constant it is up to perception.
"It is an illusion thus you do not as an individual truly determine morality because A: you cant determine a non-existent thing, .. B: your ‘system' is arguable determined by your situation because it is that situation that factors into why you call what's right "right" and what's wrong "wrong". "I will go to jail if I don't lie so lying is ‘okay' right now"."
A. Morality exists my opponent has to accept this, since, to figure out if its determined by individual it must exist first.
Also he earlier implies that people may take morality and make it mean anything according to this debate it has to be a system of right or wrong
I myself have pre thought about what morals I accept. I will not break those regardless of my situation.
Hindus will never eat meat. That is their morality
Also by stating situation dictates morality you are negating free will which I have proven is self evident.
"Objection 2: We don't follow our own individual systems"
I never said "we do not follow our own systems" but my opponent apparently accepts this
Actions speak louder than words.
If people find their own life as moral then they will live. And do actions to achieve "Life" such as eating and self defense.
So since there are 7 billion people living they must value life and are not changing their morality in this subject.
But since we have free will we may decide on suicide In which one decides their life is not moral thus that moral choice is determined by the individual.
IF WE do not follow our system that means we are changing it by choice and since choice exists. Morality is determined by the individual.
"Your own position this debate at the very least admitted that "I determine my morality"� so when I say lying is bad it really is for me according to you and yet I lie."
Con may lie in certain conditions. That is Cons morality. Con chose that. I may think that evil or wrong because of my morality.
But regardless we are individuals and we both made choices in morality so we determined morality in our own individual ways.
"Its not because of any change in system I just lack the discipline to follow through with what is right always."
So con finds it "right" to not always go through moral deliberation. Since con acts this way he find it "Right" or correct since otherwise why else would he act this way. And since morality is a system of right and wrong he finds it moral to not go through deliberation. And he still chose that.
All of my arguments stem from free will and his objections have done nothing to brake this link.
 Introduction to philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton pg 9
Not sure why, but my teacher instincts lead me to want to start this round off by addressing my opponents challenge that “literal ideas” cannot be tested like literal physical facts can.
Actually you can test ideas in philosophy, its called the Socratic Method, or even variations of it can be used to test the truth of anyone’s given “morality”. I when debating another search for the base things that uphold what it is you believe that I disagree with until I find a link that I too believe also. Then using what we both agree on I use logic to point out the inconsistencies with your main position we started out debating. That’s a way to test a philosophy or idea or perception on morality if it is truth or not. You can also do this on your own beliefs by self checking how your many beliefs match up when you think about them together and what logical is consistent with each other. For example I examine my belief that life should be protected when thinking about abortion, but logical see I’m not for protecting in the case of the death penalty. So I must re-examine the reason for the exemption with abortion for I do want it protected and find its actually “innocent life should be protected” that I believe in.
So unless you plan to not only propose that its not just morality that determined by the individual but logic as well, then the notion that ideas cannot be tested like any other real existent fact is debunked.
For the record, yes I am personally defending that morality exist just so there’s no confusion. It exists, its objective and its determined by the all perfect divine creator. When I make arguments under the bullet ‘A’ last round about it being an illusion that was under the hypothetical ‘if’ it were not like an objective fact ‘then’ it would just be an illusion.
To your response to ‘B’ “No. I have pre-thought out the morals I accept. I will not brake them regardless of the situation…..”
Your either lying or deluded. And I could probably prove this Socratic method style if we had the rounds for me to question your on your system of morals you pre-thought out, and then for some honest answers on your actions relevant to your views. Pretty much everyone when questioned will say lying is wrong, and stealing. And then they will admit they have lied and even taken little things.
By all means I commend you for setting it as a goal to not brake your accepted morals in all situations but it’s the kind of lofty goal your not equipped to honestly say you can/do succeed at doing. If you could you’d be the second person ever to live to do so. The first was Jesus and he was god incarnate.
Talking about free choice a little deeper for a second, lets return to your response to my lying example….
“"I determine my morality" so when I say lying is bad it really is for me according to you and yet I lie."
"Its not because of any change in system I just lack the discipline to follow through with what is right always."
You way too quickly brush over this. Go ahead and answer the question “why else would he act this way?”. I gave the why else to you, but you didn’t get it so I will try again to explain because this is a cardinally important point to this debate.
When you ask that just what do you mean by “free”. As in “free from what?”. Some facts to consider when answering that…
A) Intoxicated people are not considered to be of sound mind in any courtroom
B) There are drugs used by rapist sometimes to do what is called “date rape”. The sex that occurs after the date kind of seems consensual but the women under the drugs are not of sound mind either and its “rape” in every since.
C) When angered chemicals like adrenaline affect judgment in the brain leaving ones choices often to be limited to “fight or flight”
D) Mood can affect choices as well
I could go on and list other examples of choices being affected by chemical and environmental like stuff but I think you get the pitcher. To simplify referring to them all I will call them animal instincts or substances that manipulate the animal instincts. They exist within all of us and can often corrupt our actions apart from the choices we would make in sounder minds. Without Christ’s Saving grace we are ultimately enslaved to those animal instincts and desirers with our choices and actions.
Its key to understand the nature of our choices and our animal instincts effects on them to understand your wrong when you say “Con choose that, I may think that choice evil…” I don’t choose anything when I brake from my morality, and neither do you. Choosing involves thinking under a sound mind, and to be a free choice and free thoughts to think to make the choice they have to un-altered by the chemicals that control our animal impulses. This does not happen for any of us 100% of the time. It does some of the time, but not all the time. No one is perfect.
You cannot just proclaim for me that I find it “right” to not always “undergo moral deliberation”. That’s just not true, your jumping to conclusions again. I do find it “right” to “undergo moral deliberation” at all times. Lack of discipline and success at following through with that belief does not change that.
Not while I have every right to take an authoritative to tone to state that about what MY morals values are, what about for yours? After all you seem to have personally been testifying that in the event you ever act in a contrary way to your regular moral values then in that instance your morals are literally different in that time. It seems to be the only defense to the charge that you don’t always obey your morals. And since you have the Gaul to tell me that is what happens concerning MY seeming moral inconsistencies so it must be your explanation for YOURS
If that’s how you say your morality that you have works than you have NOTHING. For thought to considered a rational and intelligent in the sense that an animal is not intelligent and a human is, it has to be above the whims of at least your own emotions if your going to call thought produced about morality a free one.
And because you have NOTHING, then you have no morality to be considered as being determined by you, or your free will, your free choice. Now a system of morals that comes from god and is recorded in the bible, this is above me and its above you. It remains the same no matter what our current whimsy is. Lying is bad even when we ourselves lie. Hate is bad of me even when I’m hating certain horrible people. These moral truths came from the only one who can be trusted to have the knowledge of what is morals for his judgment is uncorrupted by any animal instincts because God is not affected by the natural world, and his knowledge is not corrupted by ignorance of any details to any circumstances as well.
So to summarize the highlights of this rounds….
1) Ideas like morality can be tested
2) The above holds true as long as logic is held as self-evident that it’s the same for all
3) I only argued morality as not existing as a consequence to “if” it were not objective
4) I’d be willing to prove you are not moral by your own moral standards.
5) I don’t think anyone believes you have never done anything bad in your life. All people have
6) Animal instincts corrupts and enslaves our choices so the “free-ness” of your choices are not self-evident
7) It’s possible for me to be bad and brake my morals. It does not become good just because I broke them
8) You do not have ANYTHING if (7) is not true for you thus you determine no morality for yourself.
9) The all perfect supernatural God can be the only legit source of what morality is.
I await my opponent’s response.
Also I will use one of my un-refuted points
“All humans are conscious of their actions”PR2
First this has gone undefeated
second to be conscious of one’s actions one must
This attack establishes nothing against my case
3. Adrenaline does not affect the brains
Evidence here: http://www.wisegeek.com...
Adrenihaline is a chemical that our brain
The article never states that this actually
Any after affects is the individuals own
Also were not all pumping adrenaline through our
4. According to “virtue ethics” when a value is
5. To have logic one must have free will.
Since we have both accepted logic. We both must believe
"9)The all perfect supernatural God can be the only legit
SINCE MY OPPOENET NEVER REFUTED contention 2 and instead talked about how we don’t follow morality ourselves this point is defeated.
I am so sorry, things have gotten so busy in my life I have not had time to prepare an argument this round. Im going to have to leave this debate with the arguments posted so far.
again I'm very sorry, I intend to make sure this does not happen again in the future.