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The Limits of the Rhetorical Analysis of Science

Author: Alan G Gross (University of Minnesota)

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Three case studies explore the limits of the rhetorical analysis of science. The first is a case in which scientific facts and theories eventually reach a stage where they are beyond argument and, as a consequence, beyond rhetorical analysis. The second is a case where a work is scientific, that is, moving toward facts and theories beyond argument and is, at the same time, an example of deliberative rhetoric whose claims, of course, can never be beyond argument. The third is a case in which, although the science in question is now beyond argument, its policy implications remain, and will continue to remain, well within the realm of rhetorical analysis.

Keywords: DNA, science, rhetoric, Robert Hooke, global warming, the Royal Society

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Gross, A. G., (2016) “The Limits of the Rhetorical Analysis of Science”, Poroi 12(1), p.1-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2151-2957.1244

Rights: Copyright © 2016 Alan G. Gross

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27 May 2016
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