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ERIC Number: ED361771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A "Fair Play" Perspective of Ethics for Intercollegiate Debate.
Gallagher, Jeanne
The philosophy behind competitive debate is to teach students the art of rational discourse with emphasis on correct use of evidence, analysis of argument, logical thinking and persuasive delivery. Although ethics help define the goals of the activity, the extreme competitiveness of intercollegiate debate threatens to undermine the principles of ethical debate. Debaters show regard for ethical concerns when they: (1) are willing to adapt to the audience in each speech situation rather than adapt to the judge in order to win; (2) respect the opposing teams and their position rather than try to make opponents look foolish in order to win; and (3) show responsibility in the use of evidence and reasoning and avoid over-reliance on emotional appeals to cover up a lack of research or sources of evidence. If debaters are to be aware of what falls within the ethical scope of this activity, it is the responsibility of the coaches to make them aware, and it is the responsibility of judges to intercede when ethics are breached. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A