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English Debate Club

This week's topic:

At one of the previous debates, we talked about consumer power, and how it wasn't all that easy to know if what you were doing was right: It might even be detrimental. So this debate’s topic is:

Is it possible to be a good person?

  • Are do-gooders more trouble than good?
  • Are we surrounded by holier-than-thou types who think they are better than you because they recycle their plastics?
  • Do you care about being a good person and if not, why not?
  • Should people be good by their own volition and from their own hearts or forced through taxes or other means?

 

The English Debate Club:

Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates!  Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion. 

Topics will be set at least a week in advance (please feel free to message the group leader with topic suggestions) and participants are welcome to prepare beforehand or wing it - but everyone will be encouraged to contribute to the discussion.  Teams will be assigned on the night, so be prepared to argue either side of the debate.  There will be some preparation time once teams are assigned.

Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level.  Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!

 

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  • Tiberius

    A very insightful conversation about morality.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Thomas W.

    Nice debate guys, it was a pleasure to meet and chat with you all. For next week my suggestion is: What is an acceptable level of state control? Throughout history, there are many and varied examples of good and bad governments, exercising varied degrees of coercive control over their citizens. What level is the "right" level of coercive control, in order to maintain a healthy society? Is there such a thing? Where do governments get their legitimacy and in our contemporary world of economic and social upheaval across the world, how should governments treat their population when civil unrest is a possibility, or even a reality? I think there is fertile ground for discussion and debate in this topic, especially with us all coming from such varied backgrounds. What are our personal experiences of political governance? Are there any common themes that we might agree all good governments must share? Is a "good" government necessary if we are healthy and wealthy?

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Adrian

    thank you very much. it was grate.

    June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way!

    June 4, 2013

  • Jorgen

    So we are here now! If anyone has problems finding us, it is at the back of the Café, where in the far right corner there is a staircase leading down. Once you go down that staircase you have basically walked right into the debate club.

    June 4, 2013

  • Jorgen

    Any ideas for a topic? Please post them here!

    May 30, 2013

    • Tiberius

      Since I don't attend this meetup very often I'm not sure if any of these topics have been debated before but here are some ideas:
      *let's have a "meta-debate" meaning a debate about debate...what is a debate?how should it be conducted?what are the bad practices that should be avoided during a debate?
      *can science offer us knowledge about everything?what are the limitations of the scientific method?
      *can anybody be a polymath in the 21th century?
      *will the internet completely replace classical mass media(TV,radio,print)?wh­at will journalism look like 50 years from now?
      *can a society function without a government?
      *will e-government ever completely replace classical government?
      *can we have something better than democracy?

      May 30, 2013

    • Jorgen

      Thanks Tiberius! I think we will go with a kind of philosophical question, as yours are, but with a specific bearing on what was discussed during a previous debate on consumer power with regards to working conditions in the third world, namely how is one a good person?

      May 30, 2013

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  • Jorgen
    Swedish mother tongue, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Bahar
    Persian mother tongue
  • Adrian
    Swedish helper, Farsi mother tongue
  • Aleksandr
    Russian mother tongue
  • mustafa a.
    Arabic mother tongue
  • Tiberius
    Romanian mother tongue
  • Thomas W.
    English mother tongue
  • A former member
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