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I'm trying to write a paper about US Invasion in Iraq is unjust morally, militarily, and legally. I can't think of words to explain when I'm trying to explain that I have moral "evidence" or ideas from the book that will help to support my moral argument. It is technically not evidence, but what word should I use to accurately explain it like evidence?

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  • Let's say you were to use the word evidence. What would the sentence you write look like? I'm not really getting what you want a word like this for.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 0:28
  • Why not stick with moral arguments? Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 0:29
  • Ok, the introductory paragraph says that I found a number of evidences that supports each three points of our argument about injustice morally, militarily, and legally. I have excepts from the book that gives a good moral point. It's not technically an evidence but it will help to support my argument. I hope that's clear enough or do you want me to explain more?
    – Silence
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 0:31
  • I guess moral arguments sounds suffice and to-the-point. I'll try that. Thanks
    – Silence
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 0:32
  • Are you saying that there are moral, military and legal principles well established in a book or books that you contend support your argument? Perhaps the word you're looking for is a citation. Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 1:22

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An argument normally involves two opposing positions. If the argument is about factual matters, it's likely one or both positions can be either strengthened or weakened by evidence (as to which facts are true or false).

Thus, the US should not have invaded Iraq can be supported by facts (Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, Iraquis are worse off now than under Saddam Hussein, they never had any WMD, etc.)

If the argument involves opposing moral positions, "facts" aren't necessarily relevant. A sound moral argument is based on principles (any use of military force is wrong, nations should not interfere in the internal politics of other nations, etc.).

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