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Writing and thinking in contemporary academia : the poetics of clarity

Author: Martin Grünfeld
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020. ©2020
Series: Public intellectuals and the sociology of knowledge.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Across disciplinary borders, clarity is taken for granted as a cardinal virtue of communication in contemporary academia. But what is clarity, how is it practised in writing across disciplinary borders and how does it affect our ways of researching and thinking? This book explores such questions by scrutinising the ideal of clarity beyond its apparently self-evident value. Through a multi-methodological empirical  Read more...
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Grünfeld, Martin.
Writing and thinking in contemporary academia
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
(DLC) 2019007274
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Grünfeld
ISBN: 9780429857690 0429857691 9780429458422 0429458428 9780429857683 0429857683 9780429857676 0429857675
OCLC Number: 1105851889
Description: 1 online resource (x, 157 pages).
Contents: The poetics of clarity in contemporary academic writing --
The idealised plane of poetics : core concepts and ideals --
The formation of sentences --
Researchers-in-the-texts --
Textual structures of research articles --
Reflections on the consequences for thinking --
The unstable distinction between form and content --
Phrase regimes, genres, and the expulsion of metaphors --
Authorial effacement and the suppression of contexts, biases, interests --
Textual structures as templates for thinking --
Thinking the limits and the limits for thinking: the inherent positivist bias --
Clarity a potential acceleration of thinking?
Series Title: Public intellectuals and the sociology of knowledge.
Responsibility: Martin Grünfeld.

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Across disciplinary borders, clarity is taken for granted as a cardinal virtue of communication in contemporary academia. But what is clarity, how is it practised in writing across disciplinary borders and how does it affect our ways of researching and thinking? This book explores such questions by scrutinising the ideal of clarity beyond its apparently self-evident value. Through a multi-methodological empirical analysis of the ideal of clarity, the author offers a sketch of what is termed 'the poetics of clarity', which is unfolded as a field of tension with important implications for sentence formation, authorial positioning and textual organisation. By way of a series of reflections on the possible consequences of this for thinking, this volume also explores the parts of knowledge production that may be marginalised, especially poetic language use, biases, interests and contexts, multi-dimensional arguments and errors. Revealing a positivist bias and a regime of high-speed consumption that characterise what, in certain regards, might be considered a productive space for knowledge production, Writing and Thinking in Contemporary Academia will appeal to scholars with interests in the sociology of knowledge, continental philosophy, the philosophy of science and academic writing.

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