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Policy debate, commonly referred to as LARP debate, simulates the effects of passing the resolution as a policy option. Plans, counterplans, and disadvantages are commonly read with this style of debate. The framework associated with policy debates is usually utilitarian - minimizing pain and maximizing pleasure.
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Critical debate explores a large ranges of topics but usually challenges underlying assumptions of the world and the round, centered around a particular theoretical worldview. These arguments include kritiks ran by the negative debater and non-topical affirmatives that choose not to defend the resolution in order to talk about a different issue.
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Theoretical debates attempt to prove that an action another debater commits in the round has a negative consequence on the debate itself. Theoretical debates commonly prove why a debater's action is unfair or uneducational for the debate space and provide a alternative model for which debate should operate.
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Philosophical debates attempt to prove the resolution true or false through a philosophical framework that is used to describe what constitutes morality. There are many different veins of philosophy, ranging from postmodern authors such as Michel Foucalt to Enlightenment Era philosophers like Immanuel Kant.
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Tricks debate is often used as a catch all term for a variety of arguments considered tricky, abusive, or designed to invalidate large amounts of the other debater’s offense.
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