While other debate events often assume something like straight-forward cost-benefit analysis, the value-centric nature of LD offers debaters the chance to ask the deeper questions: Why do certain impacts or arguments matter? What does it mean for an action to be “good” or “desirable”? What obligations do individuals, societies, and governments have? And what should individuals, societies, and governments ultimately value? These, and others, are the questions that a framework in LD aims to answer.
At its core, the framework gives you, the debater, the power to communicate to the judge what arguments matter. Framework makes the game of LD work and makes LD its own distinct event.
Throughout this course, students and coaches will learn what the framework in LD is, some common frameworks with which you should be familiar, and conclude with some tips for debating and responding to different frameworks.