The Art of Debate

The Art of Debate

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...secondly, those which are open to attack, but which have no bearing on the argument, --mere errors of memory or the like; thirdly, those which may be questioned and which have some connection with the argument, but which evidently make no great impression on the audience addressed; fourthly, those which must be overthrown in order to destroy the impression that they are strong proofs on the opposite side. These four classes of statements require very different treatment. The first class should be admitted to be true, in order to clear up the ground of argument so far. The second class should be ignored altogether. The third class should be lightly touched upon, and briefly refuted if there is sufficient time. The fourth class should receive the brunt of the refutation. A watchful debater can easily tell which portions of the opposing argument have made an impression on the hearers, so that they must be overthrown if his own case is to make a good showing. Yet one often sees much time wasted in the refutation of statements which have made no special impression, merely because they can be refuted. The typically clumsy debater may be easily known in what he calls his rebuttal argument; he has noted down on a slip of paper a long list of " points" made by his opponent, which he rehearses for the purpose of attacking them; some of Ihem are mere illustrations, passing thrusts, perhaps mere misquotations or slips of the tongue. His refutation is a long series of short dabs at all parts of his enemy's armor, without a single sweeping stroke at a vital part. Choice and emphasis are as important qualities in refutation as in all other sorts of discourse.?4 All this goes to show, what was pointed out in the chapter on Preliminary Work, that one...
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634969
  • 9781236634962