A Question of Right and Wrong

If I say there is no right or wrong am I right, or wrong?

Todd Beal


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I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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6 Responses to A Question of Right and Wrong

  1. “If I say there is no right or wrong am I right, or wrong?”

    The question itself assumes that there is a “right or wrong” answer; thus confirming (or denying, self-refuting) that there is right and wrong.

    When a student of mine asked me that, I answered, should I give you a right answer or a wrong answer? 🙂 If the answer is “the right answer!”, then I say, “It is not true that there is no right or wrong, therefore you are wrong.”

    By just saying, “There is no right or wrong”, someone has to assume he/she is not wrong, but right, to give this claim; thus, there is “right” or not-right (wrong) which is absurd when one denies such.

    Laws of non-contradiction state A and not-A can not be true in the same sense and same time. Thus, Right and not-Right (Wrong) can not be all true (or all wrong in this question) at the same time and same sense.

    Prayson Daniel



  2. Todd Beal says:

    Are you negating or confirming my statement? Is your answer, “I am right”, or is your answer, “I am wrong”?

    By the way, thank you for your response to the statement.


    • The answer is “I am wrong” because there is right and wrong, which in the field of philosophy we can equally answer; “it is not true that there is no right and wrong.”



      • Todd Beal says:

        Prayson (may I address you as that),

        Thank you for the time and effort you have invested in building your argument. I sincerely appreciate your thoughts and for the engaging conversation.

        If you have not fully explored my blog, please do so.

        I do hope we speak again my friend,



  3. We can put the question in Logical form:

    Let A= right or wrong, thus not-A = no right or wrong.

    Then your question will be like this:

    If I say not-A, is it A? The logical conclusion is, NO it is not true. “I am wrong” since by asking if A, I self-refute myself – namely, “that not-A is not true”.

    In plane language; logic stands no matter how we substitute A: Thus the same question can be asked in this way:

    If I say there is no truth, is this true?
    If I say there are no words in this sentence, are there words in this sentence?

    The second part, namely “am I right or wrong” (or “is this true”) refutes the first part, namely “no right or wrong” or “no truth”.

    By asking these questions, we self-refute ourselves.

    Your question asks for Objectivity. And it is an objective answer (not subjective) to say, “I am Wrong”. Thus one cannot say on one hand, “I am right”, and on the other, “I am wrong”, in answer to your question 🙂 since that would lead us to absurdity.



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