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Contributions to Four Ongoing Conversations

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226099088.003.0009
Contributions to Four Ongoing Conversations

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This chapter draws some conclusions about the study of genre. It seeks to balance the interests of at least four different audiences: those who produce scholarship on the rhetoric of science, those who do work in the larger discipline of rhetorical inquiry, those who are interested in the history of science, and those who are interested in how interdisciplinary research communities are initiated. This study is offered as a map of one small region in a territory of scholarship left undeveloped by subdiscipline's twenty-year focus on epistemological issues. A reason to expand the range of objects studied by rhetoricians of science is to strengthen the power of the subdiscipline in the larger community of “rhetorical inquiry.” Because the genre of interdisciplinary inspirational discourse is about a call to action, not the adjudication of scientific truth, texts in this genre are more obviously open to examination by the vocabulary of the rhetorical tradition, and findings from such a study can be more easily transferred back to the larger community of rhetoricians.

Keywords: genre; rhetorical inquiry; subdiscipline; research communities; interdisciplinary

Chapter.  6859 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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