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On Discussion and Debate
DISCUSSION AND DEBATE had at one time a much larger role in the education of students than it has now. In medieval times the formal disputatio (disputation) was an exercise required of candidates for the master's degree, and it was the academic equivalent of today's master's thesis. Disputations were normally presided over by a faculty member who arranged for one or more students to defend a series of theses (propositions) against the criticism of opponents. Objections were usually presented by other masters and sometimes by students who were present. The respondent answered the arguments raised, and when necessary, the master lent him assistance. These medieval disputations were usually orderly and courteous, but often very lively.
Disputatio with hour-glass, circa 1500.