Normative debates, as opposed to Empirical debates, are debates that require action on a specific topic and a model to implement the idea put forward in the topic, and, predominately, can be signified by the use of the word 'should' in the topic.

They are typically found in the following forms:

  • 'That we should'
  • 'That there should be'
  • 'That we have a responsibility to' (less common)