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This complete advent to the rules and perform of argumentation and debate makes use of a transparent, concise, and fascinating presentation that makes even advanced fabric effortless to appreciate. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE gains strategies, argumentation types, useful publications, and real-life situations that you just use to reinforce your talents in educational debates. With an emphasis on serious pondering, reasoned selection making, and advocacy talents, this article empowers you to take part actively as electorate in a democratic society.

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Html (downloaded July 20, 2007). This article appeared originally in Issues in Ethics, vol. 1, no. 2 (Winter 1988). 18 CHAPTER 1 CRITICAL THINKING Possible topics Honesty is always the best policy. Slavery still exists today. True love really does exist. Violence is a necessary means to settle disputes. Police are necessary for safety. People should not eat meat. The drinking age should be lowered to 18. Smoking should be banned in all public places. There is no such thing as Homeland Security.

Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994), p. 638. II. ACADEMIC DEBATE 25 among his students in Athens. Corax and Tisias founded one of the earliest schools of rhetoric, specializing in teaching debate so that students could plead their own cases in the law courts of ancient Sicily. Debate flourished in the academies of the ancient world and in the medieval universities, where rhetoric was installed as one of the seven liberal arts. What may have been the first intercollegiate debate in the English-speaking world took place in the early 1400s at Cambridge University between students from Oxford and Cambridge.

From classical times to the present, argumentation teachers have viewed debate as the best method of providing training in this discipline. Debate offers an ideal opportunity for students to apply the theories of argumentation under conditions designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of these theories and their proficiency in their use. As an educational method debate provides excellent motivation for learning, because students have both the short-term goal of winning a decision or an award in a tournament and the long-term goal of increasing their knowledge and improving their ability.

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