Tag Archives: Theory

In Defense of Philosophy by Becca Traber

I have seen many cases around the circuit lately that accuse philosophical frameworks of everything from sophistry and disingenuousness, to being culpable for the Columbine school shootings. In contrast, I think philosophical debate is good, I think students should be encouraged to learn and engage in it, and I think …

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How Competing Interpretations Has Ruined Theory Debate

Why I Miss the “NC, AC” Roadmap: How Competing Interpretations Has Ruined Theory Debate by Daniel Imas Over the past few years, debate appears to have become esoteric to an unprecedented level. The increasingly common use of dense philosophy and the preponderance of theory debate have certainly contributed to this …

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The Need to Streamline Theory Debate

The Need to Streamline Theory Debate Article by Fritz Pielstick Theory debates, far more often than case debates, are messy and difficult to properly resolve. This problem is compounded by the fact that the short speech times in LD incentivize debaters to overinvest time on the theory debate, which causes …

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“Offensive” Counter-Interpretations on Theory

Piece by Ryan Lawrence, Director of Forensics at Lynbrook (CA) Introduction Recently, there has been some discussion in the LD community over the role of competing interpretations and the status of theory debates. Some members of the community have proposed that under competing interpretations, a counter-interpretation on theory represents an …

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Competing Interps and the RVI

by Daniel Moerner Before judging Octas at Valley, a debater asked the panel the following question: “Do you believe that competing interps implies an RVI?” To my surprise, the rest of the panel said yes. I think the rest of the panel was deeply confused about theory debates. It is …

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