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Lincoln Douglas Debate

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Christopher Caton

on 20 September 2014

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Transcript of Lincoln Douglas Debate

What is

Lincoln v. Douglas
(Not nearly as bad as it sounds)
Logic, Values, Philosophy!
One-on-One Debate!
So How Does It Work?
First, Terminology!
An assertion that can be either true or false
The person who says the Resolution is true
The person who says the Resolution is not true
1. When forced to choose, a just government ought to prioritize universal human rights over its national interest

2. Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives

3. The possession of nuclear weapons is immoral
Sample Resolutions
On to resolutions...
Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified
September/October 2014
The Debate Round!
So How Do We Debate?
40 minutes
(You only talk for 16, though)
Affirmative Constructive
The Speeches
How to Write a Case
What do you think about the resolution
from this perspective?

What Values might work?
Step 1: Thesis
What do those words mean to you?
Step 2: Definitions
How do you think you will argue on this side?
Step 3: Skeleton
Pick a Value

Pick a Value Criterion

Name Your Contentions
The Nitty-Gritty
Write Your Speech
You have to prove what you are saying, after all
Make sure the source is worth quoting
Be sure they say what you think they say
Data and Studies
Must be either logical or reasonable,
and preferably both
Logic and Reasoning
Affirmative Constructive
Affirmative presents case
in support of resolution.

Affirmative defines scope.
Negative presents arguments
against resolution.

Negative attacks Affirmative's case.
Negative Constructive
Negative asks Affirmative questions
about Affirmative's case
Negative Cross-Examination
Affirmative Cross-Examination
Affirmative asks Negative questions about Negative's case
Affirmative Rebuttal
Negative Rebuttal
Second Affirmative Rebuttal
Affirmative clarifies the round and offers voting issues
Negative attacks Affirmative case
and supports Negative case
Affirmative attacks Negative case
and supports Affirmative case
What's a Value?
Sanctity of Life
Human Rights
Free Speech
Legitimate Government
Values Include:
A way of evaluating the Value

Standard by which to judge
And there's the Criterion...
Go debate!
Go do it again!

Negative Constructive
Affirmative Rebuttal
Negative Rebuttal
Second Aff. Rebuttal
V: Justice
VC: Due Proc.
C1: DueProc 4 J
Arg. 1

Arg. 2

Arg. 3
No def.
Who determines?
1. w/o VC, no J
2. Framework
Contr. definition
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