Layered rebuttal is a system of refuting arguments using multiple sets of reasoning-not only does it prove an argument wrong in several ways, but it also makes it much more difficult for the opposition team to refute your reasoning. Layered rebuttal can and should be used by all speakers, but is particularly useful for third speakers.

Different rebuttalsEdit

When constructing layered rebuttal, it is necessary not just to point out an obvious reason why an argument might be wrong, but also to provide other levels of reasoning. This can be done using an adherence to the follow strategies:

  • Reduce the argument to a form of simple argumentation and attempt to find a problem with each step of reasoning
  • Deny the premise of the argument and refute the reasoning for it
  • Call out assertions-statements that are not backed up by evidence
  • Call out assumptions-suggesting that a group will act one way without evidence
  • Use an 'even if' level of rebuttal-that is, say that even if your opposition were right on one level, they were wrong on this other factor, which means their point is still null
  • Use a 'yes, but' level of rebuttal-that is, say that even in the case that the opposition's whole point were right, it was not as important as the some other point
  • If your opposition use multiple reasons for a point, rebut each in quick succession