Ch 16: History, Formats & Logic of Debates

About This Chapter

Go over some facts about the history and characteristics of debates by watching video lessons and reading text lessons in this chapter. The instructors of each lesson will provide you with clear and comprehensive information on many relevant topics.

History, Format & Logic of Debates - Chapter Summary

Learn about the history, format and logic of debates by watching the video lessons included in this chapter. Each lesson will provide a comprehensive overview of an important topic you'll need to know in order to understand debates, including debate formats, famous historical debates and some major fallacies to watch out for. Our instructors are expert in their areas. Topics include:

  • Definition, techniques and examples of cross-examination
  • The Webster-Hayne Debate
  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • History of American Presidential debates
  • The equivocation fallacy
  • The naturalistic fallacy
  • Other common fallacies

Test your retention of these topics by taking the practice quizzes included in the chapter. If you want to return to a specific point in lessons, you can bookmark specific moments with the video tabs; the chapter also includes a transcript of every lesson. As you progress, make sure to track your progress on your personal Dashboard.

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: History, Formats & Logic of Debates
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Understanding Different Debate Formats

1. Understanding Different Debate Formats

The rules and structures for debate forums can be confusing. This lesson will explain the rules, structures, and challenges associated with two major debate formats to 'keep you in the know.' Read on for details.

Cross Examination: Definition, Techniques & Examples

2. Cross Examination: Definition, Techniques & Examples

Lawyers have the ability to ask witnesses questions in the courtroom, which is cross examination. This lesson will define cross examination, discuss cross examining techniques and provide examples.

The Webster-Hayne Debate of 1830: Summary & Issues

3. The Webster-Hayne Debate of 1830: Summary & Issues

Every now and then there is a great debate that captures national attention. In this lesson, we'll explore one of those debates and discover what the root issue was really all about.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

4. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

The History of American Presidential Debates

5. The History of American Presidential Debates

Presidential debates may seem like they're a fixture of American politics, but they're actually a product of the latter half of the 20th century. Learn a bit about the history of American presidential debates and see some of the highlights of the Kennedy-Nixon debates and others.

Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies

6. Understanding Fallacy: Common Fallacies

There are hundreds of logical fallacies. Some are mathematical and complex, and some are deep and philosophical. In this lesson, you will learn about some of the most common types of fallacies you will come across in public speaking.

Equivocation Fallacy: Definition & Examples

7. Equivocation Fallacy: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains how a person's argument can be made weaker by using words ambiguously. You'll also learn the importance of consistency and clarity when repeating a word or phrase more than once in your argument.

Naturalistic Fallacy: Definition & Examples

8. Naturalistic Fallacy: Definition & Examples

Learn about a controversial fallacy and why some philosophers do not agree that flawed thinking is involved in this form of argument in this lesson. Consider some concrete examples and various approaches to this problem.

Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

9. Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

In this lesson, learn how fallacies are sometimes used when arguing one's case and why they are problematic. Consider examples of fallacies in everyday life and relate them to fallacies in philosophy.

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