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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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a course on academic debate and all the formal rules that go with it. It will make you a better debater; however, do not expect real world debaters and judges to be so disciplined, nor so respectful of rules.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
Professor Atchison teaches debate and argumentation theory very, very well. As he is careful to point out in his lectures, studying argumentation is important to us as individuals, as it helps us make our own thinking logically sound. This course of course helps us learn to take down poor reasoning, in ourselves and in others, gently and firmly. This course is essential in our modern search for truth, especially in the many controversies that surround us socially and politically.
Of particular interest to this, Professor Atchison takes several of our most modern and relevant controversies and debates both sides of them, without bias. You'll want to spend a credit on this course.
Thanks much, Professor Atchison!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
The speaker annoyingly uses PC language like she, he/she, strawperson ...
In addition, he argues that severe cold does not dispute global warming. However, global warming advocates point to extreme temperatures as proof of global warming. So the speaker accepts dogmatically that global warming or climate change is proven.
He fails to recognize or point out that the burden of proof lies with those proposing the new theory.
He also uses a lot of straw men or straw women or whatever the correct PC term is this week to argue on gender bathrooms, gun control, etc.
Though he may have good argument skills, he has much too weak of a grasp on the topics that he uses as examples.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
keep the same enthusiasm and explain it in layman's terms.
Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?
there has been other, much better audio books from the great courses, so yes I will try another book form the great courses.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Jarrod Atchison?
I don't know
Any additional comments?
The content is going too fast, too deep. I couldn't keep up. So I didn't learn anything.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
interesting, but straw mans a famous conspiracy, furthering the conspiracy. I.e. picked the worst arguments to refute and called it a home run. This taints the rest of the course.
2 of 10 people found this review helpful
I was enjoying this book until I realized it is a platform for climate change bs and gun control. That is all.
12 of 64 people found this review helpful
I really enjoied pearing into what the progressive movment believes. Listen to these lectures and you will know how to debate a liberal. Rush L. is absolutely correct in his outline of the progressive movement. These lectures expose the Academics discipleship techniques and how they see the world. "They have the facts" the of us are nuckel dragging Neanderthals. :)
11 of 77 people found this review helpful
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.
I thought it'd be simple but this book is a little bit hard to follow for me.
I've just finished the first section, and I'm dreading the next. Atchison's speaking style feels like the beat of a snare drum. Punchy, sometimes forced, the energy is both monotonous and makes me flinchy. Every sentence has the same pace, and cadences are identical throughout. There is very little pitch variation. Almost all of the ends of sentences are rushed and clipped, like an old Chinese opera cadence, except every 1.5 seconds or so. I also find the Midwest accent annoying (IH is not a pretty vowel, and it's a sloppy one), but I could easily overlook that with some sort of variance in the rhythm or pitch. I might just have to crack out some Bradbury for commiseration.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful