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Locke_Demosthenes
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prunesquallor
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Rules are meant to be broken

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Started: 6/29/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Locke_Demosthenes

Pro

I am the affirmative, and thus will argue that rules are made to be broken. The reason for this is simple. People instate rules, then instate punishments for violating those rules. Why would punishments be provided, if rules were expected to be followed? The person who makes the rule does not expect the rule to be followed, and therefore makes a punishment for violations. If a rule is expected to be broken, the obviously, its purpose is to be broken. I'm not saying that people like to have their rules broken, simply that the purpose of the rule, is to be broken.

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prunesquallor

Con

Punishments are insinuated to act as a deterrent to said rule-breaking. As a matter of fact, the opponent's argument is circular. Rules are meant to delineate what is ethical as a consequence of possibility of the unethical. The opponent, however, goes further to equivocate that rules are not expected to be followed- which is the premise of the argument in the first place. It is as absurd to state that rules are expected to be broken as it would be to assert that just because a person has a health insurance, he is expected to swallow poison.

[I]f a rule is expected to be broken...

By this logic, it must imply that if a man is expected to commit murder, his purpose is to be a murderer- hence every infant should be put into prison.

Debate Round No. 1
Locke_Demosthenes

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prunesquallor

Con

Uh...Q.E.D?
Debate Round No. 2
Locke_Demosthenes

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prunesquallor

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Posted by Donjaundebater1212 4 years ago
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