ERIC Number: ED211999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
In Search of Tabula Rasa.
Each debate judge's philosophy consists not of one single view of argument, but rather of a theory of argument containing several independent levels of belief. One current issue is the extent to which a judge should impose his or her bias on the participants in a debate round. Judges can impose rules on debates by utilizing those rules to which the debaters agree in a debate round or, when the rules are in dispute, by utilizing the rule that is best defended. While this approach to judging has been called the tabula rasa approach, it should be noted that this does not mean that the judge is a blank slate. The tabula rasa approach emphasizes the desirability of having debate rules evolve from each individual debate instead of being imposed upon a round externally by the judge. Although this approach (1) encourages the development of perspectives for the evaluation of argument, (2) promotes educationally sound goals, and (3) is consistent with the adversary system, it has been argued that it encourages a use of the spread and is internally inconsistent because a judge's bias cannot be totally eliminated. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tabula Rasa Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).