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ERIC Number: ED254875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 20
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Topicality Arguments in Contemporary Debate: An Examination and Critique of Standards.
Jeffries, Michael Kenneth
Journal of the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association, n7 p91-109 Fall 1984
The criterion of topicality must be met by all advocates of academic debate policy in order to achieve effective and organized argument. The plan upon which each individual debate round is built must first satisfy the requirements imposed by the resolution. The policy proposal should answer the question of whether the affirmative plan, as a whole, sufficiently constitutes an example of the proposition. If the wording of the topic is exemplified by the plan presented by the affirmative advocate, then the plan may be said to be topical. However, misconception by debaters has often led to the prostitution and violation of topicality argumentation. If the use of topicality is to become more carefully exhibited and the abuse of such arguments limited, then equitable methods of determining resolutionality must be developed. The affirmative has the prerogative to define the resolution, provided that it is defined in a reasonable way. Regardless of the method used for this definition, the affirmative will probably be considered topical if the mode of definition and resultant information are reasonable. Reasonability is the fundamental basis for evaluating the debate round; a properly applied reasonability standard allows equity and mutual fairness. (HOD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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