Higher Education

Argumentation and Debate, 13th Edition

  • Austin J. Freeley John Carroll University
  • David L. Steinberg University of Miami
  • ISBN-10: 1133311601  |  ISBN-13: 9781133311607
  • 544 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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Widely praised, ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE, 13E, uses a clear, concise, and engaging presentation that makes even complex material easy for students to understand. The authors have adapted the text over the years to match changing practices in debate and teaching while preserving classical and conventional approaches to learning debate. This edition retains its rhetorical roots with a flexible tone open to a diverse array of debate styles that is appropriate in the contemporary context. It values the importance of inclusion and sensitivity to differences of culture, gender, orientation, class and other factors as they impact communicative choices and argumentation. The authors have a preference for team topic evidence-based policy debate; however, the text strives to offer viable tools for a wide range of readers interested in improving their critical thinking for reasoned decision making. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE is grounded in classical argumentation theory and informed by contemporary debate tournament practice. It is appropriate for students whose formal debate experience will begin and end with the debate course, as well as those who may continue to develop their debate experience by participating in intercollegiate or competitive debate events.
  • Mini-glossaries and text boxes in each chapter highlight key vocabulary, concepts, lists, and processes.
  • Each chapter offers time-tested exercises for experiential integration of student learning.
  • Theory is exemplified with contemporary examples of public argumentation and discourse, as well as illustrations based in academic debate practice.
  • Theory and critical-thinking tools will enrich readers' participation in public and professional discourse, improve their skill set in public argument, and enrich their critical-listening capacities.
  • The text offers guidance in effective presentational speaking.
  • Ethical constructs are provided to facilitate integration of such frameworks in the construction of arguments and in the consideration of ethical implications for participation in arguing and debating.

Table of Contents

1. Argumentation, Critical Thinking and Decision Making.
2. Foundations of Debate.
3. Foundations of Argument.
4. Obstacles to Clear Thinking.
5. Ethical and Cultural Considerations.
6. The Debate Proposition.
7. Analyzing the Proposition.
8. Evidence and Proof.
9. Tests of Evidence.
10. Gathering and Organizing Support.
11. Arguing for the Proposition.
12. Arguing Against the Proposition.
13. Cross-Examination.
14. Refutation.
15. Listening and Evaluation.
16. Debate as Public Speaking.
17. Formats in Academic Debate.
18. Political Campaign Debates.
19. Applied Parliamentary Debate.
20. Public Debating.
A. Debate quick start.
B. Policy debate.
C. Debate and technology.
D. Debate propositions.
E. Debate bibliography.
F. Glossary of terms.

What's New

  • The text is reorganized, beginning with foundations and classical traditions, logic and reasoning, progressing to the practice of academic debate, and concluding with applied and public debate.
  • There is discussion of contemporary argumentation theory, from Perelman and Toulmin to an overview of informal logic and pragma-dialectics.
  • Chapters cover critical and ethical approaches to debate and argumentation, as well as political campaign debates, covering history, impact and future with discussion of Presidential Campaign debates from Nixon/Kennedy through January 2012.
  • The authors have updated the research chapter and provided a new appendix on debate and technology.
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Efficacy and Outcomes


"What makes the text the best is the thoroughness with which academic debating is discussed and illustrated. It teaches beginning argumentation students how to debate more effectively than any book out there."

— David Foster, The University of Findlay


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David L. Steinberg

David L. Steinberg has been The University of Miami's director of debate since 1990. His teams are respected, successful, and have won many awards. They participate in competitive policy debate, parliamentary debate, and frequent public debates. Steinberg was the president of the Cross Examination Debate Association in 2006-2007. CEDA is the professional organization which sponsors and represents intercollegiate policy debate teams in the United States. Steinberg serves in national leadership positions in the American Forensic Association and the National Communication Association. At The University of Miami, he is a lecturer in Communication Studies and teaches courses in Communication Theory, Persuasion, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Organizational Communication, Political Communication, Public Speaking, Business Communication, and Argumentation and Debate. His research and scholarly efforts include Argument in the Public Sphere, Political Communication and Campaign Debates, Academic Debate and Pedagogy, and Rhetorical Criticism. Steinberg is adviser to the Miami Dade Urban Debate League, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honorary, The National Communication Association Student Club at UM, and the UM Chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Forensics Honorary. Steinberg has served as a mentor in the UM Student Athlete Mentoring Program and is a lecturer for the Butler Center for Leadership and Service, the University of Miami Freshman Experience, and the Intensive English Program. He holds a Master's Degree in Communication from The University of Tennessee and has completed significant post-graduate work in Communication Studies, Education, and Human Resource Development from The Pennsylvania State University and from Florida International University. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Steinberg taught and directed debaters at Middle Tennessee State, Penn State, George Mason, and Towson Universities.