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Propositions of Fact, Value, or Policy

Differentiating between the different types of motions, and how this will impact the strategy you use to debate them.

Peter Mackay

on 28 August 2012

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Transcript of Propositions of Fact, Value, or Policy

Propositions of Fact, Value & Policy Obesity causes health problems.

Converting to solar energy can save homeowners money. Use evidence. What it is... Give me an example... How can I prove it... These judge the worth of something, taking an evaluative position. They judge whether something is good/bad, right/wrong, just/unjust, ethical/unethical.

Often times laws and public policy originate from a proposition of value. What it is... It is wrong to avoid jury duty.

Gay marriage is immoral.

The U.S.A. is the greatest nation on Earth. Give me an example Consider current opinions and attitudes
of people (although they can be neither true nor false), while being backed by facts (which ARE either true or false). How do I prove it? Show that this is the convenient/beneficial path to follow.

What benefits/advantages does it bring?

"We the proposition will show that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks." What it is... The city of Valparaiso should adopt a recycling program.

The federal government should legalize medicinal marijuana.

The Boy Scouts should not have to include gay scout leaders. Give me an example Advocates a specific course of action. There are three general categories of propositions of policy:

1. Formulation of new policies to guide decisions not covered by existing policies

2. Recommendation for the amendment of existing policies that are no longer satisfactory

3. Repeal or abolition of existing policies How can I prove it? Fact Value Policy Whether something is or is not TRUE or False. Involves
1. What happened
2. What information is needed to verify this
3. What information is available IS vs. IS NOT Good vs. Bad Should vs. Should not
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