The Art of Debate : The Great Courses: Professional

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jarrod Atchison
  • Series: The Great Courses: Professional
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

If you're like many people, you might associate debate with a high school or college club, or perhaps a TV political debate that features two or more candidates talking over each other. But if these are your only associations with debating, you're missing out on an exhilarating intellectual pursuit that can help you in all aspects of your daily life. The ability to debate - to present persuasive arguments, pierce the logic of others, and turn the tables against withering cross-examinations - is one of the truest tests of one's intellectual capacity.
The Art of Debate offers you the ultimate how-to guide for anyone interested in learning this powerful skill. Taught by acclaimed Professor Jarrod Atchison of Wake Forest University, these 24 stimulating lectures will help you develop your command of logic, construct clear and concise arguments, recognize the fallacies in others' reasoning, and sharpen your strategic thinking skills. Through a series of well-structured lectures that proceed logically through each formal element of a debate, Professor Atchison shows you how to build and defend an argument, sharpening your critical thinking skills so that you come away from the course well prepared for any kind of debate.
While Professor Atchison provides you an abundance of insight into the formal elements of debate, the focus of this course is on applied debating - developing skills that you can apply to the real world to help you think through complex issues and arrive at better decisions. Imagine you are a manager faced with a difficult dilemma: should you repair some of your manufacturing equipment, or invest in new equipment? What do you do?
Whether you are trying to make a tough business decision or lead a lively discussion at the dinner table, this course will elevate your strategic thinking, providing insight not only into how to win arguments, but how to present ideas more generally.


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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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- Brandon Smith

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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- Tobias Middlemarch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2017
  • Publisher: The Great Courses