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CreampuffMcGee
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Utilitarianism: Should every human have equal moral considerations?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/24/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 1,274 times Debate No: 78055
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CreampuffMcGee

Con

Should children, mentally handicapped individuals, or corporations have equal moral considerations as the average human adult?
AndyHood

Pro

I believe that the well-being or suffering of any human being should be treated as no more and no less important than the well-being or suffering of any other human being. Whilst moral decisions may be made (especially in specific curcumstances) based on people's abilities or potentials, these considerations aren't primary to the people but dependent on circumstances - I will maintain the position that the best moral system to adopt for a healthy society rests with the fundamental principle of equal consideration for all.

There are practical exceptions (parents will most likely put their own children's needs before their neighbours', for instance) but I hope that Con and the gentle voter will agree with me that this debate should be held at a higher level than the individual - I assume that we are talking about the best moral code that an enlightened society can adopt.

Many of the profound moral ideas that have stood the test of time are based on the principle of equality: the Golden Rule, loving thy neighbour, the Veil of Ignorance, etc. The Veil of Ignorance is a particularly good example and I encourage anybody who hasn't heard of it to watch the following short YouTube clip that explains it very well: https://www.youtube.com...

In specific answer to Con's intro; yes, yes and no... children and the mentally handicapped deserve equal moral consideration; to question that or try to grade moral weight according to, what, age and intelligence? That way madness lies... but corporations!? Can a corporation feel joy or pain? I suggest that corporations deserve no special consideration above and beyond the consideration extended them by virtue of the suffering or wellbeing of their human members.
Debate Round No. 1
CreampuffMcGee

Con

CreampuffMcGee forfeited this round.
AndyHood

Pro

I would love to have had this debate but it seems like a no show... let's see if Con can rustle something up for the last round so that we can actually debate!
Debate Round No. 2
CreampuffMcGee

Con

CreampuffMcGee forfeited this round.
AndyHood

Pro

Well, darn!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
more is equality, and more on is seperation
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
thats right, freedom of speech, equality, no supression going on
Posted by canis 1 year ago
canis
Anybody should speak for themselfs..Why not?
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
but just because an alien has taken over your brain dosnt mean i am right
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
seperation.. religion.. insanity.. death.. denial.. judgement.. racism.. immorality.. mental enslavement

should i mention some Things on the side of equality? or does it speak for itself loud and clear..
Posted by canis 1 year ago
canis
Yeh. Another matter..
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
i am using your thinking against you if you hadnt noticed..
Posted by canis 1 year ago
canis
Well..Your comment/moral..The point...
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
you shouldnt be allowed to speak because i dont supress you?
Posted by vi_spex 1 year ago
vi_spex
supression is seperation, information
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Vote Placed by Greg4586 1 year ago
Greg4586
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct to Pro because Con forfeited. Too bad though, I was looking forwards to this debate.