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Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Issues and Methods

1st Edition

Edited by Randy Allen Harris


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Landmark Essays in Rhetoric of Science: Issues and Methods compiles the essential readings of the vibrant field of rhetoric of science, tracing the growth and core concerns of the field since its development in the 1970s.

A companion to Randy Allen Harris’s foundational Landmark Essays in Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies, this volume includes essays by such luminaries as Carolyn R. Miller, Jeanne Fahnestock, and Alan G. Gross, along with an early prophetic article by Charles Sanders Pierce. Harris’s detailed introduction puts the field into its social and intellectual context and frames the important contributions of each essay, which range from reimagining classical concepts like rhetorical figures and topical invention to Modal Materialism and the neomodern hybridization of Actor Network Theory with Genre Studies. Race, revolution, and Daoism come up along the way, and the empirical recalcitrance of the moon.

This collection serves as a textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in science studies, and is an invaluable resource for researchers concerned with science not as a special, autonomous, sacrosanct enterprise, but as a set of value-saturated, profoundly influential rhetorical practices.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Issues

1. Ideas, Stray or Stolen, About Scientific Writing, No. 1

Charles Sanders Peirce (c1904)

2. The Personae of Scientific Discourse

P. N. Campbell

3. The Rhetoric of Science

Philip C. Wander

4. Are Scientists Rhetors in Disguise?

Herbert W. Simons

5. Rhetorical Criticism and the Rhetoric of Science

Leah Ceccarelli

6. Some Cautionary Strictures on the Writing of the Rhetoric of Science

J. E. McGuire and Trevor Melia

7. Rhetoric of Science Without Constraints

Alan G. Gross

8. Reclaiming Rhetoric of Science and Technology: Knowing In and About the World

James H. Collier

9. The Productivity of Scientific Rhetoric

David J. Depew and John Lyne

10. When We Can’t Wait on Truth: The Nature of Rhetoric in The Rhetoric of Science

Nathan Crick

Part 2: Methods

11. Rhetoric, Topoi, and Scientific Revolutions

Kenneth S. Zagacki and William Keith

12. Kairos in the Rhetoric of Science

Carolyn R. Miller

13. Figures of Argument

Jeanne Fahnestock

14. Switch-Side Debating Meets Demand-Driven Rhetoric of Science

Gordon R. Mitchell

15. Uncertainty, Spheres of Argument, and the Transgressive Ethos of the Science Adviser

Lynda Walsh and Kenneth C. Walker

16. The 1923 Scientistic Campaign and Dao-Discourse: A Cross-Cultural Study of the Rhetoric of Science

Xiaosui Xiao

17. Race and Genetics from a Modal Materialist Perspective

Celeste M. Condit

18. Socioscientific Controversies: A Theoretical and Methodological Framework

Craig O. Stewart

19. Presence as a Consequence of Verbal-Visual Interaction: A Theoretical Approach

Alan G. Gross

20. Networks, Genres, and Complex Wholes: Citizen Science and How We Act Together through Typified Text

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher and Kate Maddalena

About the Editor

Randy Allen Harris is Professor of Linguistics, Rhetoric, and Communication Design at the University of Waterloo. His other books include Rhetoric and Incommensurability and The Linguistic Wars.

About the Series

Landmark Essays Series

Landmark Essays is a series of anthologies providing ready access to key rhetorical studies in a wide variety of fields. The classic articles and chapters that are fundamental to every subject are often the most difficult to obtain, and almost impossible to find arranged together for research or for classroom use. This series solves that problem.

Each book encompasses a dozen or more of the most significant published studies in a particular field, and includes an index and bibliography for further study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies