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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.
©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses
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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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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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By Pod on 12-03-17

Interesting, but far too cheesy and american.

The lectures were interesting and could be of some use, but the entire time listening I felt like I couldn't really take this guy seriously. He seems to think that debate is the best thing a person can do.

The music between chapters is hilarious and cheesy.

The examples are very "American" (i.e. guns), but I guess they're examples so it doesn't matter too much.

The presenter uses technical debate language without much definition or introduction of it, so you can often be left wondering "what does that word mean again?" as he rattles off a couple of sentences using it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Julian Trettenes on 10-10-17

Useful but more advanced than expected

I thought it'd be simple but this book is a little bit hard to follow for me.

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