The Practical Guide to Debating, Worlds Style/British Parliamentary Style

The Practical Guide to Debating, Worlds Style/British Parliamentary Style

The Practical Guide to Debating, Worlds Style/British Parliamentary Style

The Practical Guide to Debating, Worlds Style/British Parliamentary Style

Synopsis

The Practical Guide to Debating - Worlds Style equips debaters to debate in Worlds Style, currently the most popular, most international and fastest-growing format of competitive debate.

Excerpt

People have always argued. From the ancient polis to the modern pub, differences of opinion have been a central part of how men and women define themselves and interact with others. Whether for self-expression in the social arena or as the prelude to a duel, words have always had bite. They can resolve disagreements and they can accentuate them.

Debate is a particular form of argument. It is not a way of reconciling differences —that is a misconception. Debate is a way of arbitrating between differences. The purpose of a debate is not for two disputing parties to leave the room in agreement. Instead, through the debate between them, others will form a judgment about which of the two to support.

Debate recognizes that people are capable of disagreeing on everything about which it is possible to hold an opinion. It relishes those conflicts and provides a means by which to agree on common action. While the contrasts are often extreme and the language forceful, the process is consensual and peaceful.

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