1st Edition

Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Issues and Methods

Edited By Randy Allen Harris Copyright 2020
    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    380 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.