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A Defense of Switch Side Debate
Harrigan, Casey
The debate about switch side debating – a practice that requires students participating in academic debate contests to argue on behalf of both the affirmative and negative sides of the resolution during a multiple-round tournament – has intensified with the introduction of critical and activist arguments in competitions. While the controversy over the ethics of publicly debating both sides of an issue has largely been closed, the social and pedagogical merits of the practice remain the subject of contentious argument. Against charges that switch side debating, this thesis defends the continuing relevance and benefits of such an approach. In particular, it argues that true conviction is a result of debate, rather than a pre-condition for it, that a limited form of argumentative pluralism is preferable to dogmatic assertions about what should be considered subject for advocacy, and that switching sides is a remedy for uncritical absolutism and intolerance.
american exceptionalism
critical thinking
debating both sides
switch side debate
Allan Louden (committee chair)
Ron Greene (committee member)
Michael Hazen (committee member)
Harrigan, Casey
2008-09-28T10:54:11Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:58:15Z (accessioned)
null (available)
2008-09-28T10:54:11Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:58:15Z (available)
2008 (issued)
null (defenseDate)
Communication (discipline)
Wake Forest University (grantor)
MA (level)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14746 (uri)
etd-05012008-155022 (oldETDId)
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