That's Debatable!

Event description: If there's one thing that Philosophy is known for, it's that even the most fundamental truths about our universe can be undone. You need only say - "That's debatable". This event not only puts your debating skills to the test, but also forces you to dig deep below the surface of every idea presented to you, to substantiate, or question the topic at hand. Put your philosophical thinking caps on, and reason your way to a justified stance. But beware, for you'll need more than statistics and research to win...

Team Size:  ​2

Early Bird Registrations end on: 15th February 2021

 

Last date of registration: 20th March 2021

Registration Fee: Early Bird - Rs. 100 (Team)

                                Standard - Rs. 150 (Team)

Prize Fund: Rs. 10000

Number of Rounds: 2

Event Structure:

  • Elimination Round- A moral dilemma is asked to all the teams, and the 8 teams with the best answers qualify for the tournament round. 

  • Tournament Round- The tournament round will only have a total of 8 teams. Each match will be a formal debate of 30 minutes duration and only have 2 teams. This round will have quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals.

Rules and Regulations: This event will be a general debate competition on a topic of philosophical relevance. Before the actual debate, we will have an elimination round out of which 8 teams will qualify for the tournament round.

Elimination Round Rules:

  • All teams will answer a moral dilemma (i.e. a situation with two or more choices all of which have ethical implications), and those with the best answers (I.e. best-substantiated moral justifications) proceed to the tournament round- 8 teams shall qualify for the tournament round.

  • Faculty members from FLAME University shall be judging this event.

  • Participants are expected to strictly adhere to the time allotted to them by the moderator.

  • In case of any conflict, the moderator's decision would be final. Any act of non-compliance to the final decision by the moderator could lead to disqualification.

Tournament Round Rules:

  • The tournament round shall have quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the finale.

  • A general debating procedure will be followed. Each debate will only have 2 teams competing against each other.

  • A statement will be provided, and Team A has to be FOR the statement, and Team B has to be AGAINST the statement.

  • The teams do NOT get to choose their stance on the statement. They will be randomly assigned to either be for or against the given statement.

  • The topics and the randomly assigned stance shall be given to each team 30 minutes prior to the event. 

  • The duration of each debate will be 30 minutes.

  • The first 5 minutes will be given to Team A that is for the motion to speak uninterrupted, and the next 5 minutes will be given to Team B that is against the motion to speak uninterrupted.

  • Then the next 4 minutes will be given to Team A that is for the motion to defend their stance (uninterrupted) and subsequently, the next 4 minutes will be given to Team B for further rebuttals (uninterrupted). 

  • Then, the next 5 minutes of the round will be reserved for a free-flowing debate, where only 1 person from each team (thus 2 people in total) shall be permitted to debate (and are allowed to cross-talk and question each other while defending their own stance).

  • Finally, the last 7 minutes will be given to our faculty advisor (Prof. Avani Sabade) and the audience to ask questions to the participants (Q&A session)- all questions by faculty and audience need to be passed on to the moderator who will subsequently ask the questions to the participants.

  • The Q&A session is solely an interaction between the participants and the viewers. Participants are forbidden to ask questions to each other in this session.

  • Faculty members from FLAME University shall be judging this event.

  • Participants are expected to strictly adhere to the time allotted to them by the moderator.

  • In case of any conflict, the moderator's decision would be final. Any act of non-compliance to the final decision by the moderator could lead to disqualification.

Judging Criteria: 

  • Quality of insight shared

    • How compelling were the points made?

    • Real-world implications of the point shared

    • Philosophical merit of the points shared, I.e. the insights should be thorough and in-depth.

  • Adhering to standard debating procedure.

Note: Please note that citing specific philosophy ideas/ facts and stats/ thinkers does not fetch additional points

 

 

Contact for Clarification:

Name: Robin James

Number: +91 9819266421

Email: robin.james@flame.edu.in

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