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Pros and Cons: A Debaters Handbook offers a unique and invaluable guide to current controversies, providing material for debate on a wide range of topics. Arguments for and against each subject appear in adjacent columns for easy comparison, and related topics and suggestions for possible motions are listed at the end of each entry. Since its publication in 1896 the handbook has been regularly updated and this eighteenth edition includes new issues such as censorship of the internet, genetic engineering and the legalisation of prostitution. 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.
There are over 130 topics in the broad subject areas of Philosophical/Political Theory; Constitutional/Governance; Politics and Economics: National; Politics and Economics: International; Moral and Religious; Education, Culture and Sport; Law and Crime; Health; Science and Technology. These include specific topics such as: Justifiable Terrorism Internet Cencorship Prostitution 'Outing' Treatment of Animals High Art vs Low Art Zero Tolerance Banning of Smoking Televised Trials Private Schools