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LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE
Transcript of LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE
1858 Lincoln v. Douglas Debate
Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen A. Douglas
The debate included morals, values, and logic
National Forensic League adopts LD Debate from this style. As Christians, we should strive to be strong "values" debaters.
LD DEBATE - TIME FRAME
AFF Construct - 6 minutes - pre-written/rehearsed case
Cross Ex Questions - Neg to Aff - 3 minutes
Neg Construct - 7 Minutes - 1/2 pre-written and 1/2 response to Aff case
Cross Ex Questions - Aff to Neg - 3 Minutes
Aff Rebuttal - 4 Minutes
Neg Rebuttal - 6 Minutes
Aff Rebuttal/Conclusion - 3 Minutes
Prep Time: 3 minutes per side to be used between rounds but not before Cross X
Value - idea that the debaters holds as paramount throughout the debate; central idea upheld thru duration of entire debate
Criterion - standard by which to measure competing values; helps decide which value to uphold
Burden - Aff must prove case true; neg must prove case false
Value Objection - Neg's competing value held as superior to Aff's value
Contention - major arguments/major premises of debate
Evidence - published literature, stats, quotes, studies used to defend an argument
Voting issues - statements used to help judge determine a winner
Always end with: "The weight of argumentation is on the side of the _______ case in today's debate" or "Judge you should vote for the Affirmative or Negative today because ..."
Flow - note taking technique for keeping a rec ord of opponent's arguments
Resolved: It is morally permissible to kill one innocent person to save the lives of more innocent people.
Value - Aff/Neg
Criterion - Aff/Neg
Construct 3 Contentions for Aff
3 Contentions for Neg
Begin building evidence for each contention
1. Utlitarianism: the moral action is determined by what is in the best interest of a majority.
(Ends justify the means - for a majority's benefit)
2. Deontology - (Deon - Duty) - the moral action is determined by what one has a moral obligation, duty, or responsibility to do
3. Morality - often the best general value when the word "should" or "ought" is in the resolution.
4. Virtue Ethics - uphold a particular standard of morality to specifically apply to the case
Liberty - Freedom
Quality of Life
How many virtues can you list?
1) Always argue that your value is the best value for the debate
2) If you are the Neg, you can steal the opponent's value and show how it is better used in Negation than in Affirmation of the case.