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There should always be an ondeck pair of debaters preparing their arguments. 23. Manuel Velasquez, Dennis Moberg, Michael J. Meyer, Thomas Shanks, Margaret R. McLean, David DeCosse, Claire André, and Kirk O. 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.
How do we reach a decision on any matters of importance? We are under constant pressure to make unreasoned decisions, and we often make decisions carelessly. But which method is most likely to lead to wise decisions? To make wise judgments, we should rely on critical thinking. In many situations argumentation’s emphasis on reasoned considerations and debate’s confrontation of opposing sides give us our best, and perhaps only, opportunity to reach reasoned conclusions. In any case it is in the public interest to promote debate, and it is in our own intelligent self-interest to know the principles of argumentation and to be able to apply critical thinking in debate.
While CEDA and NDT have essentially merged as debate communities, new subcultures have developed based in part on styles of judging and debating. Constant change in argumentation styles and approaches create new challenges of adapting to unfamiliar audiences. Varying experience levels also affect the preferences and expectations of judges and coaches. Each of the various debate organizations and styles represents a set of unique approaches to the practice of debate. B. The Organization of Academic Debate Academic debate is by no means limited to the classroom and the argumentation course.
Argumentation and debate : critical thinking for reasoned decision making by Austin J. Freeley