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Ch 15: 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 provide you with clear and comprehensive information on many relevant topics, such as famous historical debates and examples of reasoning.

History, Format & Logic of Debates - Chapter Summary

Review the history, format and logic of debates by viewing the lessons included in this chapter. Each lesson provides a comprehensive overview of an important topic you'll need to know, including debate formats, famous historical debates and common fallacies to watch out for. When you complete this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Share cross examination techniques
  • Discuss the the significance of the Webster-Hayne debate and the Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Understand the history of American presidential debates
  • Give examples of reasoning and understand how to evaluate it
  • Explain the parts of a logical argument
  • Identify and address alternate or opposing claims

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 use the video tags to jump right to key concepts. As you progress, make sure to track your progress on your personal Dashboard.

10 Lessons in Chapter 15: History, Formats & Logic of Debates
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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 defines cross examination, discusses cross examining techniques and provides 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.

Reasoning: Definition & Examples

7. Reasoning: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine what reasoning is and how it's applied to literature and composition. We will look at some examples, and then you will take a short quiz to check your understanding of the concept.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

8. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Logical Argument: Definition, Parts & Examples

9. Logical Argument: Definition, Parts & Examples

Logic, the process from which logical argument stems, is the basis upon which current theories of our world are built. In this lesson, we will explore the concepts relevant to a logical argument by examining the process through examples.

Identifying & Addressing Alternate or Opposing Claims

10. Identifying & Addressing Alternate or Opposing Claims

When creating a solid argument, there are several points you need to address in order to make your claim as strong as it can be. In this lesson, you'll learn about identifying and addressing counterclaims to your argument.

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