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Rhetoric and incommensurability

Author: Randy Allen Harris
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2005.
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Rhetoric and Incommensurability examines the complex relationships among rhetoric, philosophy, and science as they converge on the question of incommensurability, the notion jointly (though not collaboratively) introduced to science studies in 1962 by Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend. The incommensurability thesis represents the most profound problem facing argumentation and dialogue-in science, surely, but in any  Read more...
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Rhetoric and incommensurability.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Parlor Press, ©2005
(DLC) 2005010812
(OCoLC)60414215
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Randy Allen Harris
ISBN: 1281079707 9781281079701 9781932559514 1932559515
OCLC Number: 667098367
Description: 1 online resource (x, 586 pages)
Contents: Part I: Incommensurability, Rhetoric --
1. Introduction / Randy Allen Harris --
2. Three Biographies: Kuhn, Feyerabend, and Incommensurability / Paul Hoyningen-Huene --
Part II: Issues --
3. Kuhn's Incommensurability / Alan G. Gross --
4. Incommensurate Boundaries: The Positivism of Thomas Huxley / Thomas M. Lessl --
5. The Rhetoric of Philosophical Incommensurability / Herbert W. Simons --
Part III: Cases --
6. Science and Civil Debate: The Case of Sociobiology / Leah Ceccarelli --
7. Stasis and the Problem of Incommensurate Communication: The Case of Spousal Violence Research / Lawrence J. Prelli --
8. The 'Anxiety of Influence'-Hermeneutic Rhetoric and the Triumph of Darwin's Invention over Incommensurability / John Angus Campbell --
9. Cell and Membrane: The Rhetorical Strategies of a Marginalized View / Jeanne Fahnestock --
10. Measuring Incommensurability: Are Toxicology and Ecotoxicology Blind to What the Other Sees? / Charles Bazerman and Rene Agustin De los Santos --
11. Novelty and Heresy in the Debate on Nonthermal Effects of Electromagnetic Fields / Carolyn R. Miller.
Responsibility: edited and introduced by Randy Allen Harris.

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Rhetoric and Incommensurability examines the complex relationships among rhetoric, philosophy, and science as they converge on the question of incommensurability, the notion jointly (though not collaboratively) introduced to science studies in 1962 by Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend. The incommensurability thesis represents the most profound problem facing argumentation and dialogue-in science, surely, but in any symbolic encounter, any attempt to cooperate, find common ground, get along, make better knowledge, and build better societies. This volume brings rhetoric, the chief discipline that studies argumentation and dialogue, to bear on that problem, finding it much more tractable than have most philosophical accounts. The introduction charts the many variations of incommensurability in scholarly literatures, anchoring them in Kuhn's and Feyerabend's work; probes the implications of seeing incommensurability as a rhetorical phenomenon; and introduces the ten chapters from prominent scholars in the rhetoric, history, and philosophy of science, including Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Alan G. Gross, Thomas M. Lessl, Herbert W. Simons, Leah Ceccarelli, Lawrence J. Prelli, John Angus Campbell, Jeanne Fahnestock, Charles Bazerman, René Agustín De los Santos, and Carolyn R. Miller.

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