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The Phi Kappa Literary Society is a debate society at the University of Georgia. We meet every academic Thursday at Phi Kappa Hall on North Campus at 7 p.m.

All with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and oratory are welcome.

 

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Is the end of human civilization likely to become imminent in the next century?

Come tell us what you think! Please join the Phi Kappa Literary Society this Thursday April 16 at 7 p.m. in Phi Kappa Hall on North Campus as we debate the decline of human civilization. First Affirm will be Sister Sarah Anne Owens and First Negate will be Sister Halle Brooke Hammond. We will use the following definitions:

BIHR: The decline of human civilization is likely to occur within the next century-

  • The decline: the diminishing in strength or quality
  • Human civilization: the most advanced stage of human organization defined by its economic, political, military, diplomatic, social, and cultural relations.
  • Is likely to occur: is more probable to occur than to not occur
  • Within the next century: in the 100 years following 2015 

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Monday
Apr132015

Happy Birthday Brother Banton!

The Phi Kappa Literary Society would like to extend the happiest of birthday wishes to our own First Assitant, Brother Richard Banton. We hope your day is bright as your presence in our Hall and your memories are as strong as your oratory. To Order!

                                      

Friday
Apr102015

Fallacy Friday: Tu Quoque

The tu quoque fallacy is a form of ad hominem attack that is committed when a person’s claim is addressed as hypocritical because of past words or actions. The argument form follows that person A makes a claim X, person B asserts that A’s past claims are inconsistent, and therefore claim X is false. In debates, addressing hypocrisy often sidesteps the essential question. The rightness of a policy or a stance is separate from the consistency of any actor. For instance, cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer; if a cigarette smoker suggests to a child that smoking is unhealthy, the truth stands despite his personal history. The tu quoque fallacy is admittedly tempting because humans attach a negative value to hypocrisy, but in argumentation its use borders on tangential. In Phi Kappa Hall, speakers need to stick to the essential question and avoid taking moral high ground when it means resorting to tangents or personal attacks. Hypocrisy is trenchant enough without its own appeal.

Thursday
Apr092015

Freshman Improptu

Good luck to all new Phi Kappans participating in Freshman Impromptu at this evening’s meeting. We are so proud of each and every one of you, and you all will shine!

Wednesday
Apr082015

Happy Birthday Sister Singh!

The Phi Kappa Literary Society would like to extend the most joyous of birthday wishes to our own beautiful Chief Justice, Sister Shreya Singh. We hope you have the day you deserve (especially after all the hard work you put into ISD!).