ERIC Number: ED326908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Debate as Dialogic Communication: Implications of Martin Buber's Thematics in Communicology for Academic Debate.
McGee, Brian R.
Both complaints and praise regarding debate as it is now practiced and taught are predicated on the communication which goes on in debate rounds. These communicative relations are fourfold, including the relations of debaters with debaters, debaters with judges, debaters with evidence, and judges with evidence. To study the relations between persons in debate necessitates some perspective on interpersonal relations, on the communication which occurs between participants in debate. Utilizing Martin Buber's dialogical thematics in communicology, it can be argued that the most constructive and enjoyable debate competitions embody the relationship implied by Buber's phrase "I-You," which is for Buber one basic word, for, "when one says You, the I of the word pair I-You is said, too." The solution to debate's "decline" or "crisis" is likely to come from a renewed commitment by those involved in debate to relate to debaters, judges, and texts in their own uniqueness and particularities. Debate must be perceived positively by all participants, debaters and audience alike, or the controversy over the so-called decline of debate will continue. (Eight notes are included; 63 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Buber (Martin); Cross Examination Debate Association; Debate Tournaments; Dialogic Communication; National Debate Tournament
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990).