Pros and Cons
A Debaters Handbook, 19th Edition
Edited by Debbie Newman, Ben Woolgar
Routledge – 2014 – 292 pages
Pros and Cons: A Debaters Handbook offers a unique and invaluable guide to the arguments both for and against over 140 current controversies and global issues. Since it was first published in 1896 the handbook has been regularly updated and this nineteenth edition includes new entries on topics such as the right to possess nuclear weapons, the bailing out of failing industries, the protection of indigenous languages and the torture of suspected terrorists.
Equal coverage is given to both sides of each debate in a dual column format which allows for easy comparison. Each entry also includes a list of related topics and suggestions for possible motions.
The introductory essay describes debating technique, covering the rules, structure and type of debate, and offering tips on how to become a successful speaker. The book is then divided into eight thematic sections, where specific subjects are covered individually.
Editorial Team Foreword Preface How to Debate (A) Philosophical/ Political Theory (B) Constitutional/ Governance (C) Politics and Economics: UK (D) Politics and Economics: International (E) Moral and Religious (F) Education, Culture and Sport (G) Law and Crime (H) Health, Science and Technology
The English-Speaking Union [ESU] builds bridges between people and nations through the use of the English language. Its debate and public speaking competitions are amongst the most prestigious and the longest running in the debate calendar. ESU mentors also tour the world to coach and advise debate students of all ages. The ESU’s path-finding speech and debate work is coupled with a worldwide programme of cross-generational education scholarships which places the English-Speaking Union in the van of thinkers, deliverers and facilitators in creating life-changing educational opportunities for people whatever their age and social background.