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July 6, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Zen Buddhism and the Persistence of Dualism in Competitive Academic Debate

Zen Buddhism and the Persistence of Dualism in Competitive Academic Debate: Philosophy, Paradox, and Practice:

This was a challenge for the Spanos K at one time and arguably still is. I remember someone saying you’re not voting affirmative…you are voting “not negative”……but that still seems to create a dualism.

And I would think that any workarounds……just feed the permutation. (ie if you can solve one dualism or engage one dualism…..whatever dualism the aff engages in shouldn’t be a problem–they can engage it and problematize it).

This is a dumb response–but you might argue that:
1) you can’t take on all dualisms at once
2) the dualism of the ballot isn’t your choice–but you can take aim at local dualisms which seemed to be the most important.
3) Strategically or at a Meta-level–The other way you might think about this issue would be by analogy. Where else might this tension arise?

Buddhism isn’t so nieve as to think all dualisms will go away like magic–but rather–that we should confront them individually. (plus I’m providing impacts for this one).

If the other team wants to take on competitive debate….they can do 100 things, including take a loss.

I’m curious what Buddhists think about Hegelians. This seems to suggest an intrinsic challenge of taking on dualism via clashing ideas and worldviews.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jul 6 2013 6:26 pm

    You could go further and point out that paradox or not going far.

    Revolutionary war
    womens rights or minority rights **might** work

    Doesn’t mean you have to solve all the problems in these categories. You do what you can. (although saying this in Buddhist terms)

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