Posts tagged with: Salim Damerdji

What Does It Mean To Vote on an RVI

In this edition of The Meta, Bob rehearses some common arguments for disclosure in more depth by imagining the same debate in a world with disclosure and a world without it. He then moves on to tackle Martin Sigalow’s recent blog post in opposition to disclosure.

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Interview with Nick Steele

The following is a Premier Debate exclusive interview with Nick Steele, your 2016 Tournament of Champions winner. The interview is conducted by Salim Damerdji, the Premier Debate Director of Philosophy Curriculum and assistant coach of Mountain View/Los Altos and Mission […]

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Debate for All – RVI

Concept Sometimes you’ll hear a suspicious-sounding word in Scrabble where you’re not quite sure if it’s a real word. You can initiate a “challenge,” which is more or less an accusation that your opponent has cheated by using a word […]

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Debate For All: Intro to Elim Strategy

Learn the basis of Elim strategy. When you should you flip? What side should you choose? When should you break new? Should you disclose which aff you’ll read before the round?

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Debate For All: OCI’s Part 1

Jargon Plank – Interpretations are composed of one or more planks that prescribe what practices should be allowed. With a bit of practice, you’ll know it when you see it. The interpretation: The aff must not read a plan has […]

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Debate For All: Framework Preparation

Framework Preparation Jargon Frontlines – These are pre-written responses against common objections to your case. Out – An out is just an argument you can leverage heavily to win a particular layer without too much discomfort. Word Economy – To […]

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Debate For All: Learning Philosophy

Learning Philosophy The path towards improving at framework debate is straightforward since millennia of philosophers have already done the heavy lifting. Reading a few of their books will push you far above the average circuit debater. While reading philosophy is […]

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Debate For All: Choosing Positions as a Young Debater

Newer debaters inevitably repeat their predecessor’s mistakes. In particular, younger debaters should avoid obscure or gimmicky positions. These types of positions include fantastically abusive plan texts, indefensible T interpretations, blatant necessary but insufficient burdens, Ks copy/pasted from policy files, and frameworks that are 99% SAT vocabulary. […]

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Debate For All: What’s a Framework?

Jargon: Value Criterion, Standard, Framework all mean the same thing. Whereas lay debaters usually are familiar with the first term, most circuit debaters use the latter two. All three of these words refer to arguments about the resolution’s evaluative term, […]

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Debate For All: Counterplans in LD #1

Explanation Definition A counterplan (or CP) is a specific advocacy forwarded by the negative debater to prove a superior option to doing the aff. That might sound complicated, but it’s not! 

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