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February 9, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

What are a priori arguments in policy debate

What does a priori mean? It means “the thing in itself” (in Latin).

1. You can have a priori arguments based on ethics. (this can also be -isms, like reject racism, sexism, or violations of rights)
2. You can use role of the ballot, role of the judge, and purpose of debate arguments to set up a priori arguments. (namely in the context of K type impacts & arguments)
3. These arguments might also be called decision rules–or they are incredibly similar. Decision rules cards say X trumps everything. You must reject X.

Its also sometimes said that topicality is an a priori voter, because its the rules (or more to the point–it frames the whole debate & its a gateway issue)

If you want to learn more about a-priori, you can check out the Stanford Philosophy Encyclopedia entry:

* This could also potentially apply to Lincoln-Douglas style debate as well.


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