Inspiring Interdisciplinarity

in Shaping Science with Rhetoric

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226099064
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226099088 | DOI:
Inspiring Interdisciplinarity

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The rhetoric of science is a growing area of research, devoted mainly to the study of how scientists persuade each other. Scholars in this field have done their best during the past two decades to prove the “hard case” that the prototypical scientific text, the research report that seeks to establish a scientific truth claim, is amenable to rhetorical scrutiny. Rhetoricians engage in a variety of approaches to analyzing texts. The “method” of analysis adopted in the case studies to reveal how individual texts achieved their persuasive influence is a new approach to rhetorical criticism called “close textual-intertextual analysis.” The purpose of this modified approach is to explain how texts work by connecting rhetorical strategies to their effects on historical audiences. Rhetoricians engaging in close textual analysis tend to focus on a single text at a time. This new approach to rhetorical criticism, a “close textual-intertextual analysis,” provides a more reliable connection between internal form and external function.

Keywords: rhetoric; science; close textual-intertextual analysis; scientific text

Chapter.  4244 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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