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The Book

posted Apr 9, 2012, 1:30 PM by Anthony Severin   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 8:58 PM ]
I get a lot of questions on various different concepts in debate. "How do I structure a topicality argument?" "How is a disadvantage different than a kritik?" "What is a criterion?" and so on. These are all questions that everyone involved in debate should be able to answer, but the process for learning such concepts is far from simple. Because there are so many clubs, coaches, and paradigms, it's sometimes difficult to process all of the different answers to theory questions. I personally learned a great deal from online forums, but their information repository is scattered and usually not general enough to provide a comprehensive answer. Because of these issues, The Book (name is currently pending) was born. This book will be a resource for all of those random questions, with an alphabetized index which will include everything from stock issues to ecofeminism kritiks. In it's encyclopedic format, I will endeavor not only to explain the argument and it's relevance to the NCFCA/Stoa, but also provide a brief history and summarize differing perspectives in each entry. Given this format, it will be a fantastic resource for coaches and students alike.

Although I write this book for the purpose of answering questions, it can be used as a form of curriculum, and will provide a comprehensive overview of every major concept in debate. Every participant in one of my summer camps will receive a copy of this!

If you've ever had questions about some random part of debate theory, or just don't know where to turn for answers, this is an excellent resource. Let me know at if you have any questions, or would like to know when this is published. Thanks!