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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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Brandon Smith on 04-10-17
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.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By JA on 05-25-18
Good introduction to debate as a mechanism for making business decisions and a debate as a cerebral competition. The lectures are well organized and follow a steady progression. There were times when I started to get lost, but the author did a good job of reiterating the main points enough that I could catch up.
One of the best aspects is that the author uses fairly controversial topics as examples, arguing from both traditional conservative and traditional liberal stances. I really enjoyed hearing both sides of an argument and getting an appreciation for the process of constructing and judging a case, regardless of my previous personal stance. Based on some of the other reviews, it looks like some people struggled with this and got frustrated to hear the weaknesses in their views.
Full disclosure: I'm the author's younger brother, so I'm not unbiased. But as someone who has never formally debated, I learned a lot.