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January 31, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

What does pre-fiat mean in policy debate

It means that an argument should be considered before the fiat-based arguments in the debate (i.e. the plan is a good idea, the plan is a bad idea)

These arguments are typically:
1) Ethics arguments
2) Assumptive/truth arguments
3) Decision rules (which basically means #1)

Here is the wiki-entry for Fiat (link)

An earlier entry about what fiat is here.

Debate Theory Wiki (link)

SDI Debate Wiki (don’t know the link)

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