I have been reading this book called Being Different by Rajiv Malhotra. In this he mentions Purva Paksha i.e. the art of studying the opposing parties point of view thoroughly and then presenting your viewpoint (Uttara Paksha). He gives the example of Adi Shankaracharya who engaged in a lot of debates with Buddhist scholars etc. most famously Mandana Mishra (who later becomes his devotee)
My question is this: Do Hindu scriptures explicitly talk about Purva Paksha? If so, what do they say?