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Topic
#4196

When making ethical decisions, who needs should be considered the most important? The individual, others, or a larger society?

Status
Finished

The debate is finished. The distribution of the voting points and the winner are presented below.

Winner & statistics
Winner
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4

After 4 votes and with 4 points ahead, the winner is...

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Parameters
Publication date
Last updated date
Type
Standard
Number of rounds
5
Time for argument
Two days
Max argument characters
10,000
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Winner selection
Voting system
Open
Contender / Con
4
1492
rating
333
debates
40.69%
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Description

DEFINITIONS:
Ethical: adjective
relating to moral principles or branch of knowledge dealing with these; morally good or correct

Ethics: noun
a set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values

Needs: noun (plural)
a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism

Individual: noun
a particular being or thing as distinguished from a class, species, or collection.

Others: noun
a number of people besides oneself

Society: noun
a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests.

RULES:
Each side must state their position on the prompt: whether the individual, others or a larger society's needs are the most important when making ethical decisions. This must be done in the first round.

Both sides can draw from experiences and outside sources.

Burden of Proof is shared.

The goal of this debate is to have a discussion about ethics and whether the individual's needs, others' needs, or society's needs have the greatest importance. Whoever walks away with a greater understanding of ethics and what it impacts is the true winner.

Round 1
Pro
#1
Forfeited
Con
#2
When making ethical decisions, who needs should be considered the most important? The individual, others, or a larger society?

My position is super contingent. While others may pick or prefer an individual's needs or requirements. I would select when it comes to ethics or what I see as constructive or non constructive is the person(s) that needs help the most gets it as long as it is constructive or what you call ethical or moral. 

Just a simple everyday illustration. A fire engine or ambulance coming down the road, all traffic in its path has to pull aside. Why?

Based on my position I just outlined above. Although I may have needs and very critical ones as well as others in their vehicles on the same road, in comparison to that one in the ambulance flying down the road, that individual needs the most constructive help.

Therefore it's ethical or constructive to decide to pull aside allowing an emergency crisis to be attended to as priority.

In an emergency where a person is at risk of fatality it would be more important to decide to act based on that. Not based on who it is but that actual situation that can involve whoever, the individual, myself, a group of people.
Round 2
Pro
#3
Forfeited
Con
#4
I rest my case.
Round 3
Pro
#5
Forfeited
Con
#6
I yield.
Round 4
Pro
#7
Forfeited
Con
#8
Do we have any counter points?
Do we have any points at all to at least make this somewhat of a dual communication?
Round 5
Pro
#9
Forfeited
Con
#10
Case closed.