Shaping Science with Rhetoric The Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson

ISBN-10: 0226099075

ISBN-13: 9780226099071

Edition: 2001

Authors: Leah Ceccarelli

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Inspiring Interdisciplinarity
Texts That Seek to Catalyze Community: An Unexamined Genre of Science
The Close Textual-Intertextual Analysis: Combining Rhetorical Criticism and Historical Research
Theodosius Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species
The Initiator of the Evolutionary Synthesis: Historians and Scientist Weigh In
Conflict between Disciplines and Theories
The Evolutionary Synthesis
What Launched the Synthesis?
The Influence of Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading
A Text Rhetorically Designed to Unite Competing Fields
Simplifying Theory
Surveying the Results of Research
Using Language That Promotes Conceptual Change
Addressing Social Concerns
Conclusions
Erwin Schrodinger's What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell
The "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of the Molecular Biology Revolution: Assessing the Place of a Text in History
The Influence of Schrodinger's Text
The Value of Untrue, Unoriginal Science
Other Laws of Physics
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading
A Text Rhetorically Designed to Negotiate Different Interests and Beliefs
Comparison with Other Attempts at Inspiring Interdisciplinary Work
Negotiating Common Ground: The Value of Precision
Negotiating Professional Goals: The Appeal to Ambition
Negotiating Disciplinary Linguistic Practices: Conceptual Chiasmus
Negotiating Ideological Commitments: Strategic Ambiguity
Conclusions
Edward O. Wilson's Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
The Controversy over Sociobiology: Scholars Offer Conflicting Explanations
Wilson's Purpose
The Effect of Wilson's Interdisciplinary Appeals
Explanation 1: Wilson Is Wrong; The Cultural Divide Should Not Be Bridged
Explanation 2: Critics Are Unable to See the Truth Because of Political Bias
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading
A Text Rhetorically Designed to Fuel Interdisciplinary Hostilities
A Rhetoric of Conquest, Not Negotiation
An Explicit Commitment to Reductionism
Equivocation Rather Than Productive Polysemy
What Wilson's Consilience Could Have Been
Speaking to Multiple Audiences
The Genre
Comparison of Dobzhansky and Schrodinger
Wilson's Participation in the Genre
Contributions to Four Ongoing Conversations
Rhetoric of Science
Rhetorical Inquiry
History of Science
Interdisciplinarity
Bibliography
Index
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