Decision by Debate

Decision by Debate

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Decision by Debate broke new ground in argumentation and debate with its publication in 1963. Ehninger and Brockriede were the first to recognize debate as fundamentally a co-operative enterprise, with the competitive clash of ideas occurring within a framework in which everyone has the opportunity to speak, in which everyone agrees to suspend judgment until all arguments are presented, in which everyone agrees to abide by the decision of the adjudicator. The most lasting legacy of the work is its break with formal, deductive logic and its introduction of Stephen Toulmin's model of argument to undergraduate student debaters, which, since then, has become a mainstay of what many have called the Renaissance of argumentation studies. Without the work presented in Decision by Debate, contemporary interdisciplinary views of argumentation that now dominate many disciplines might have never have taken place or at least have been severely delayed.Similarly, they may accept the proposals of either solution speaker or combine the best features of each speech. The evaluation speakers are also free to add any important ideas on analysis or solution that they feel have been omitted ... colleges and universities, problemsolving debaters might inquire what should be done to solve financial problems of higher education. ... When a series of informative speeches are presented, the symposium is not a debate but an information-sharinganbsp;...

Title:Decision by Debate
Author: Douglas Ehninger, Wayne Brockriede
Publisher:IDEA - 2008

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