Big Questions Debate Update
Vote on the 2022-2023 Big Questions Debate Topic
Help choose the topic for Big Questions for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Potential topics include:
- Resolved: Science leaves no room for free will.
- Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
- Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.
Cast your vote between August 1 – August 7
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Learn the Format
Big Questions Debate is a debate format that allows students to debate with a partner or as an individual. Debates may be one-on-one, two-on-two, or two-on-one. Topics last all year and concern the intersection of science, philosophy, and religion. Students are assigned a side of the topic before each round and present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a question period. Often, members of the public are recruited to judge and observe this event.
Big Questions Final Rounds Archive
2021 Nationals Final Round
Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented.
2020 Nationals Final Round
Resolved: Objective morality exists.
2019 Nationals Final Round
Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.
2018 Nationals Final Round
Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
2017 Nationals Final Round
Resolved: Science leaves no room for free will.
As a coach and educator, I like Big Questions because it allows students to discuss big philosophical ideas in a format that all levels of students can attempt. In a time where teachers are constantly told to increase the rigor and broaden the curriculum, this style of debate offers debaters and teachers an opportunity to do both.