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College debate descended from the literary societies that were popular on American college campuses through the 19th century. As an intercollegiate pursuit, debate rose during the same years as college football and found its niche on campuses largely characterized by youthful revelry and...
In his essay, “The Rational and the Reasonable” written in 1977, Chaïm Perelman distinguished between the two constructs, identifying the Rational as the dimension of law that preserves the logic and conformity of the system and the Reasonable as what is viewed as equitable and acceptable...
The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 are watershed events in America's political development. At that point, Senators were selected by state legislatures-citizens could not vote directly for their Senators. Still, these debates were well attended public events. Existing analyses (e.g., Jaffa,...
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