The Hidden Value of Debate
Episode 1 of The Art of Debate

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The Art of Debate
THE ART OF DEBATE offers you the ultimate how-to guide for hashing out differences of opinion and making stronger arguments based on reason and compromise. In 24 stimulating lectures, Professor Jarrod Atchison of Wake Forest University helps you develop your command of logic, construct clear arguments, recognize the fallacies in…
When and How to Use Debate
Episode 2 of The Art of Debate
Debate gives you an honest assessment of an idea, and is therefore a powerful decision-making tool. Here, Professor Atchison walks you through the structure of a formal debate and explores when debate can help you the most. As you will learn, big and future-oriented decisions are ripe for formal discussion.
The Proposition: Choosing What to Debate
Episode 3 of The Art of Debate
Now that you know when to debate, shift your attention to what to debate. The "proposition" - the idea up for debate - is one of the most important concepts to understand, and in this lecture, you will survey how to structure the proposition most effectively - and consider who…
Using Evidence in Debate
Episode 5 of The Art of Debate
Examine the strengths and weaknesses of three primary types of evidence: narrative evidence, empirical evidence, and evidence based on authority. As you review each type of evidence, you will see them in action as Professor Atchison applies them to debates about gun control, climate change, and physician-assisted suicide.
Dealing with the Unexpected in Debate
Episode 17 of The Art of Debate
We all need to deal with the unexpected in our daily lives, so learning the secrets to navigating the unexpected in a debate has far-reaching applications. Here, see what it takes to slow down, diagnose, analyze, and respond to unexpected arguments. By following a few simple steps, you can easily…
Debate Jujitsu: Flipping the Warrant
Episode 19 of The Art of Debate
In many great debates, there is a devastating moment where one side clearly out-maneuvers the other. "Flipping the warrant," which requires the highest level of analytic argument, allows you to destroy your opponent's argument by showing that their proposal, rather than solving a problem, will actually make things worse.
Judging Debates: The Art of the Decision
Episode 23 of The Art of Debate
Debates aid decision-making, and you may one day find yourself in the role of a judge needing to make the big decision. Survey the best way to communicate your reasons for a decision, starting with a short thesis statement followed by an explanation of your reasoning. As an example, consider…
Financial Fitness: Valuing Your Money
This program for young adults helps them to better understand what trade offs they make for the money they earn. Programs on spending are countered by programs on saving. Also money managers will provide very practical tips on how to save more of that hard-earned money.
Labor of Love - Interviews on Interesting Careers
Labour of Love is an interview-based educational programme about people who are passionate about their unconventional work. The programme is both entertaining and informative. Each episode explores the lives of different people and their unusual work. They explain how they started their career and say what has made them successful.…
The Structure of Argument
Episode 4 of The Art of Debate
The claim, the evidence, and the warrant: these three elements provide the structure of a strong argument. Unpack each of these elements by studying what they are, how they work, and how they come together to produce an argument. Then home in on the warrant, which is often the most…
Fallacies in Your Opponent's Research
Episode 6 of The Art of Debate
To be a great debater, you must not only learn to recognize argument fallacies, but you must also learn to combat them during the debate. This first in a two-part lecture series offers insight to help you identify fallacies that stem from flaws in your opponent's research, including the post…
Fallacies in Your Opponent's Arguments
Episode 7 of The Art of Debate
Continue your study of fallacies with a survey of fallacies that stem from the actual debate itself. To make their case, debaters often resort to false analogies, straw men, and ad hominem attacks. Fortunately, once you learn to recognize them, you will be well prepared to combat them and score…