The Rhetoric of Science Meets the Science of Rhetoric



Thirty years before the beginning of the still ongoing cognitive revolution, Kenneth Burke articulated a universalist program of verbal resources that falls into close synch with many of the findings and principles of that revolution. In this paper, I connect Burke’s program to the insights of Jeanne Fahnestock in her work on figuration and argumentation and argue that cognitive rhetoric in this mode can undergird rhetoric of science.

Keywords: Kenneth Burke, cognitive science, Jeanne Fahnestock, figuration, rhetoric of science

How to Cite: Harris, R. (2013) “The Rhetoric of Science Meets the Science of Rhetoric”, Poroi. 9(1). doi: