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Shaping science with rhetoric : the cases of Dobzhansky, Schrödinger, and Wilson

Author: Leah Ceccarelli
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2001.
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In considering how scientists persuade colleagues to cross the disciplinary divide, this text examines three scientific monographs in their historical contexts: Dodzhansky's "Genetics and the Origin  Read more...

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Named Person: Edward O Wilson; Theodosius Dobzhansky; Erwin Schrödinger; Edward O Wilson; Erwin Schrödinger; Theodosius Dobzhansky; Erwin Schrödinger; Edward O Wilson; Edward Osborne Wilson; Erwin Schrödinger; Theodosius Dobzhansky; Erwin Schrödinger; Edward O Wilson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leah Ceccarelli
ISBN: 0226099067 9780226099064 0226099075 9780226099071
OCLC Number: 45276826
Description: xi, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Inspiring Interdisciplinarity 1 --
Texts That Seek to Catalyze Community: An Unexamined Genre of Science 3 --
Close Textual-Intertextual Analysis: Combining Rhetorical Criticism and Historical Research 6 --
I Theodosius Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species --
2 Initiator of the Evolutionary Synthesis: Historians and Scientist Weigh In 13 --
Conflict between Disciplines and Theories 15 --
Evolutionary Synthesis 19 --
What Launched the Synthesis? 21 --
Influence of Dobzhansky's Genetics and the Origin of Species 24 --
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading 29 --
3 A Text Rhetorically Designed to Unite Competing Fields 31 --
Simplifying Theory 31 --
Surveying the Results of Research 37 --
Using Language That Promotes Conceptual Change 41 --
Addressing Social Concerns 45 --
II Erwin Schrodinger's What Is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell --
4 "Uncle Tom's Cabin" of the Molecular Biology Revolution: Assessing the Place of a Text in History 61 --
Influence of Schrodinger's Text 63 --
Value of Untrue, Unoriginal Science 67 --
Other Laws of Physics 75 --
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading 80 --
5 A Text Rhetorically Designed to Negotiate Different Interests and Beliefs 82 --
Comparison with Other Attempts at Inspiring Interdisciplinary Work 83 --
Negotiating Common Ground: The Value of Precision 89 --
Negotiating Professional Goals: The Appeal to Ambition 90 --
Negotiating Disciplinary Linguistic Practices: Conceptual Chiasmus 92 --
Negotiating Ideological Commitments: Strategic Ambiguity 97 --
III Edward O. Wilson's Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge --
6 Controversy over Sociobiology: Scholars Offer Conflicting Explanations 113 --
Wilson's Purpose 113 --
Effect of Wilson's Interdisciplinary Appeals 116 --
Explanation 1: Wilson Is Wrong; The Cultural Divide Should Not Be Bridged 119 --
Explanation 2: Critics Are Unable to See the Truth Because of Political Bias 121 --
Prelude to a Rhetorical Reading 124 --
7 A Text Rhetorically Designed to Fuel Interdisciplinary Hostilities 128 --
A Rhetoric of Conquest, Not Negotiation 129 --
An Explicit Commitment to Reductionism 139 --
Equivocation Rather Than Productive Polysemy 145 --
What Wilson's Consilience Could Have Been 148 --
IV Speaking to Multiple Audiences --
8 Genre 157 --
Comparison of Dobzhansky and Schrodinger 158 --
Wilson's Participation in the Genre 164 --
9 Contributions to Four Ongoing Conversations 168 --
Rhetoric of Science 168 --
Rhetorical Inquiry 170 --
History of Science 177 --
Interdisciplinarity 179.
Responsibility: Leah Ceccarelli.
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