Robert Coven Paradigm

Last changed 11/14 1:29P EDT

To Whom It May Concern--

I am a former debater (from the “Golden Age” of debate) who delved into all styles of Speech and Debate, including but not limited to:

Policy

Congress

Extemp

Oratory

In evaluating rounds, I prefer arguments that are coherent and well-articulated. I will NOT entertain spreading, will not join your email chain, nor will I vote on arguments that are irrelevant and/or not explained.

Namely, I will not credit straw-manned or caricatured arguments. Don’t read arguments that you don’t understand or can’t explain in layman’s terms. If you can thoroughly explain the theories of Kant, Lacan, etc. well and their implications IN A 6 MINUTE SPEECH WITHOUT SPREADING, more power to you. However, be warned that my threshold for explanation is very high, regardless of how complicated the argument is. I’m willing to bet that if you can explain these philosophies in 6 minutes, you probably just don’t understand it. Keep in mind that most actual philosophers would spin in their graves over the incoherence present in most of these “phil” debates.


I will not evaluate ahistorical claims, even if they are “dropped” by your opponent.

As for argument preferences, anything goes. Plans, moral skepticism, theory, kritiks, or whatever newfangled arguments kids these days like to read. I will vote on anything as long as it has a warrant, a clear explanation, and weighing. You don’t have to be topical, but like any argument, I will vote on topicality if the issue is won.

Don’t leave it to me to weigh your arguments.

Speaker points: I will dock you for ad hominems, poor explanations, spreading, and more!

I will reward word economy, eloquence, wit, and argument innovation.

I do not disclose during the round.

Above all, treat your opponents and judges with respect.

Good luck :)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR Qtrs KL Glasheen & Singh HJ Thompson & Davis Aff Aff on a 4-1
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR Octo NP Chaudhry & Lu LH Khodabakchian & Koenig Neg Neg on a 3-0
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR R5 DN Lichtenberg & Cieniawa HJ Chen & Tang Aff
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR R4 GM Chang & Berman LH Gordan & Rangarajan Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR R3 CW Burke & Valdivieso JH Menon & Klein Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR R2 AP Anderson & Watts LH Fahey & Waitz Neg
Yale Invitational 9/13/2019 PAR R1 GM Schiff & Taylor CF Doyle & Ragde Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R5 Achievement First Brooklyn CE Unionville MA Neg
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R4 Bronx HS Of Science HJ Achievement First Brooklyn AM Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R3 Unionville KL Dallastown NK Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R1 Ridge TN La Salle AS Aff
Villiger 39 St Josephs University 11/17/2018 LD R1 Achievement First Brooklyn KG Unionville LI Neg
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 VLD R5 Ridge KS LextonJS Aff
UPenn Liberty Bell Classic 2/16/2013 VLD R4 UnionvEJ HaverfRM Aff