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"Resolved: ....." ....Then why debate it?

mrsatan
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10/8/2013 3:59:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Can someone tell me why people put "Resolved:" ahead of the debate topic? The topic has not yet been resolved (which is why it's being debated....). It would make sense if it were "To Be Resolved:", but I have yet to see this. Perhaps the "To Be" is implied, but even then it's redundant. The point of having a debate to begin with is to resolve the topic at hand. If they want to declare the topic title as the resolution itself, that's understandable. But again, it makes no sense to say "Resolved: ...." rather than saying "Resolution: .....".

I just bugs me, though I do admit, it probably bugs me more than it should...
MassiveDump
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10/8/2013 7:31:42 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Just spitballing here, but I think "resolved" is short for "be it resolved" as if you were presenting an actual resolution to a congress and in no way confirms that your resolution is already "resolved."
lannan13
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10/8/2013 3:33:40 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
It's part of the resolution, like a policy type debate.
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10/8/2013 3:48:37 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
You are debating under the the impression that the affirmative has already been accepted as law, however the Neg has a chance to argue against the resolution still. Thats how I learned it in highschool.
Bullish
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10/8/2013 6:55:53 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Two people theoretically have to have a stance on what they are debating about, that's why the instigator or the affirmative (depending on the format) has to put "resolved", instead of "lets talk a while and resolve this". I think.
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10/8/2013 10:35:56 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The meaning of "resolved" in context is "[with clause] (of a legislative body or other formal meeting) make a decision by a formal vote:"

It's short for "Be it resolved that <clause>" which means "Let us decide by a formal vote that <clause>"