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ERIC Number: ED172271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Direct Refutation in Propositions of Policy: A Viable Alternative.
Dudczak, Craig A.
In debate, it has been argued that a judge's decision is between two competing policy systems. This paradigm does not admit of direct refutation by the negative team considering the predicate facts and value assumptions of the affirmative policy. A second position is that straight refutation is an appropriate means of analysis in resolving propositions of public policy and that a requirement that a negative team provide an alternative policy to an affirmative policy that has not been validated is unwarranted. Two assumptions on which policy theorists base their rejection of refutation, that a process reality characterizes any system and that a policy decision can be rendered only after a comparison of policies, each makes an arbitrary assessment that any change is better than no change. However, the nature of debate implicitly requires advancing good reasons in support of claims. When a system's description has been refuted, then no valid conclusion can be assured. The negative team may argue for rejection of the predicate as well as offer an alternative description, but this decision is a strategic one rather than a necessary one. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-7, 1979)