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morality is a gift that fits the century

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Started: 12/9/2015 Category: Religion
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Morality cannot be a "gift that fits the century" as the statement makes no logical sense.

In order for the statement "Morality is a gift that fits the century" to be true, "Morality" must be truth apt, it must be cognitive. Beyond that, if it is cognitive, it must also be shown to be true. My opponent hasn't provided ANY evidence that it is cognitive or, if it is cognitive, that it is true.

Now, to support noncognitivism via emotivism:
When someone says that X is "wrong", "unethical", "bad", etc. they are saying it because:
1) They have a negative emotional response to X
2) They hold a desire in which X conflicts
3) They were told that X is wrong

In the case of 1 or 2 (while ignoring 3) you will find that people without negative feelings towards X or without a desire in which X conflicts will not say that X is "wrong".

In the case of 3 you will find that they cannot actually say WHY X is wrong, or if they can they will not understand it (as they are just answering the question with something they were told, not something they believe).

This means that moral statements can best be thought of as statements of emotion or desire (even if those emotions and desires are not your own).

This is why we see so many people making different moral claims, especially when they were raised in different ways. It is a reflection of emotions and desires, and thus is noncognitive.

I could go on to support the case, or even try and make a better one, but my opponent made NO case, and so even a crappy case in favor of my position is all that is needed in this debate.

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Posted by canis 10 months ago
Posted by vi_spex 10 months ago
jails are filled with criminals
Posted by canis 10 months ago
Morality is: "ergo sum est". The "gift" is "ergo sum est". It is everything and nothing. Everything in ergo sum. But "est" is never the ergo sum......But probably a gift we can not resist. And never could.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con made the only reasonable argument, and used much better grammar than Pro.