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Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric

Albert E. Moyer

in A Scientist's Voice in American Culture

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520076891
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0013
Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric

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The intellectual and cultural world of the American pragmatists provides a telling historical context in which to place Newcomb's pronouncements on method; each sheds light on the other. Beyond the customary reaches of the history of philosophy and general American history, however, there exists an alternative historical context in which we can locate both Newcomb and the early pragmatists. This is the context of the history of science, specifically the politics and rhetoric of scientific method. Just as Newcomb both reflected and fostered key elements of the cluster of pragmatic assertions and hopes, so too did the pragmatists and allied thinkers such as Newcomb reflect and foster key elements of the rhetorical and political tradition.

Keywords: Simon Newcomb; pragmatism; pragmatists; scientific method; rhetoric

Chapter.  5486 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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