The Art of Debate

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brandon Smith on 04-10-17

Great Introduction

Great introduction to formal debate. I have no experience with debate other than what I've seen on TV and this book definitely gives a nice overview of how formal debate works and some of the logic and startgeies that are used.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By bmac on 06-13-17

Rigorous yet practical

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Debate?

Become a skilled debater is as difficult as becoming an elite athlete. Both require motivation, deliberate practice and good coaching, a great deal of time, and a broad repertoire of techniques. But finding a good howto on debate is difficult because most debate courses are written for academics and philosophers debating metaphysics, or for lawyers and politicians debating in highly structured environments. In contrast, this course is perfect for we rank and file managers and parents seeking to become more effective in everyday business and life. This course equipped me with both a pragmatic big picture framework and a robust set of techniques that have proved as valuable at work as around the dinner table.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tobias Middlemarch on 05-21-17

Engaging, Informative & Exhilarating

Professor Atchison teaches debate and argumentation theory very, very well. As he is careful to point out in his lectures, studying argumentation is important to us as individuals, as it helps us make our own thinking logically sound. This course of course helps us learn to take down poor reasoning, in ourselves and in others, gently and firmly. This course is essential in our modern search for truth, especially in the many controversies that surround us socially and politically.

Of particular interest to this, Professor Atchison takes several of our most modern and relevant controversies and debates both sides of them, without bias. You'll want to spend a credit on this course.

Thanks much, Professor Atchison!

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jay Parker on 04-02-17

May not be what you think!

This is a course on academic debate and all the formal rules that go with it. It will make you a better debater; however, do not expect real world debaters and judges to be so disciplined, nor so respectful of rules.

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13 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terence Bethel on 01-21-18

A must for all who wantto really influence others

While much of this course focuses on formal debate it can be applied so much to ordinary life

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Heribert Eisinger on 06-20-17

enthusiastic speaker misses the point on educating

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

keep the same enthusiasm and explain it in layman's terms.

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

there has been other, much better audio books from the great courses, so yes I will try another book form the great courses.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Jarrod Atchison?

I don't know

Any additional comments?

The content is going too fast, too deep. I couldn't keep up. So I didn't learn anything.

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2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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