Art, argument, and advocacy: mastering parliamentary debate by John, Kate Meany Shuster

By John, Kate Meany Shuster

The textual content is designed to supply a origin for potent participation in educational parliamentary debate pageant. It explores modern parliamentary debate codecs, examines argument anticipation, development and extension, case improvement, serious refutation of given assumptions and information, and persuasive talking. The textual content comprises pattern arguments, debate strategies, and perform routines.

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If the decision makers agree with the proposition team, the motion is affirmed. This agreement demonstrates that the “House” supports the ideas expressed by the proposition team. In other circum29 AAA2b 6/12/02 12:04 AM Page 30 ART, ARGUMENT AND ADVOCACY stances, the “House” includes the audience, as a substitute for or in addition to designated judges. It may be the case that the first proposition speaker interprets “This House” for the purpose of advancing her arguments in the debate, providing an altogether different understanding of the phrase.

Of these six characteristics of arguments, three are uniquely valuable for understanding basic argument theory. In this chapter, we will use primarily the concepts of claims, warrants, and data. Simply speaking, all arguments have a claim, which is simply a 57 AAA2b 6/12/02 12:04 AM Page 58 ART, ARGUMENT AND ADVOCACY statement that something is so. Arguments also have warrants, which are reasons why the claim is valid. Warrants are the “because” part of an argument. Finally, arguments have data – the evidence for the validity of the warrants.

Deviations will likely receive a hostile reception from judges. In those circumstances in which American parliamentary teams argue that the proposition team’s case is at odds with the motion for debate, they are usually making a rather different claim. They are not actually suggesting that the proposition’s case is inconsistent with the motion for debate. To the contrary, they are quite likely to ignore entirely the proposition team’s interpretation of the motion for debate. The opposition does not usually argue that the proposition team’s interpretation is wrong or unreasonable, but that is not sufficiently right.

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