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ERIC Number: ED123666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 14
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Towards a Justification of Inherency.
Ulrich, Walter
The concept of inherency is an important issue in contemporary academic debate, although little attention has been paid to the underlying rationale behind its use. A review of the literature suggests that one purpose of inherency is to demonstrate that the cause of the problem that the affirmative position isolates is accurately described. A second justification assumes that there is a presumption in favor of the current system, and if the problem can be solved with existing programs, those programs should be used, instead of creating new programs. The justification of permanence argues that inherency is needed to demonstrate that the problem isolated by the affirmative is likely to continue in the future. In addition, inherency allows debaters to determine which parts of a given plan are unique to the resolution and which aspects are non-topical, and it provides a balancing comparison between the negative position and the affirmative plan. Finally, one school thought argues that inherency has developed into an abstraction, and that its main value is as a psychological tool utilizing ambiguity. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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