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What is "Shared Burden of Proof"?

blackkid
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8/26/2014 10:34:16 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I keep seeing that people use this "term" which has no home anywhere else in Logic so I'm curious what it means here seeing as it is clearly context sensitive to the website as I have never come across this term anywhere else in the universe to date.
9spaceking
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8/26/2014 11:38:37 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/26/2014 10:34:16 AM, blackkid wrote:
I keep seeing that people use this "term" which has no home anywhere else in Logic so I'm curious what it means here seeing as it is clearly context sensitive to the website as I have never come across this term anywhere else in the universe to date.

it means that people have equal need to support their part of the resolution.
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8/26/2014 12:00:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
A shared BoP is necessary when negating the resolution isn't enough to justify a win for the contender. For example, in this debate "Powerlifing > Bodybuilding" [http://www.debate.org...] I set a split BoP because this debate was meant to show there is one difinitively superior discipline, and refuting my arguments doesn't necessarily prove that bodybuilding is superior to powerlifting. It only goes as far as to prove they are, at the very least, equal. In this case, a split was needed.

In most cases, a split BoP isn't needed, and is probably just used so the instigator can avoid having to fulfil a full BoP.
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