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Pros and cons : a debater's handbook
Sather, Trevor, 1973-
Eightteenth edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xiii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library PN4181 .P76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Pros and Cons: A Debaters Handbook offers a unique and invaluable guide to current controversies, providing material for debate on a wide range of topics. Arguments for and against each subject appear in adjacent columns for easy comparison, and related topics and suggestions for possible motions are listed at the end of each entry. Since its publication in 1896 the handbook has been regularly updated and this eighteenth edition includes new issues such as censorship of the internet, genetic engineering and the legalisation of prostitution. The introductory essay describes debating technique, covering the rules, structure and type of debate, and offering tips on how to become a successful speaker. The book is then divided into eight thematic sections, where specific subjects are covered individually.

Author Notes

Trevor Satheris Head of the Centre for International Debate and Communication Training at the English Speaking Union, London. His team of authors are all experienced debaters.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. x
Prefacep. xi
How to Debate: The Art of Debating for Beginners of Any Agep. 1
Section A Philosophical/Political Theoryp. 11
Anarchismp. 13
Section B Constitutional/Governancep. 37
Bill of Rightsp. 39
Section C Politics and Economics: Nationalp. 69
Affirmative Actionp. 71
Armaments, Limitation of Conventionalp. 99
Section E Moral and Religiousp. 133
Abortion on Demandp. 135
Section F Education, Culture and Sportp. 177
Arts Funding by the State, Abolition Ofp. 179
Section G Law and Crimep. 213
Capital Punishmentp. 215
Section H Health, Science and Technologyp. 243
Alternative Medicinep. 245

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