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December 1995
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Science, Reason, and Rhetoric
Krips, Henry, McGuire, J. E. , Melia, Trevor
Through essays on both rhetorical theory and case studies, leaders in the disciplines of rhetoric, sociology, philosophy, and history converge and clash to explore the rhetoric of science.

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Henry Krips is professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh.
J. E. McGuire is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Trevor Melia is associate professor of communication at the University of Pittsburgh.
“Roget's has no good synonyms for ‘weak,’ and there is nothing ‘feeble’ or ‘insubstantial’ about rhetoric's role in ‘Pittsburgh minimalism.’ With [this] publication, a theoretical battle line has formed at the center of the rhetoric of science. Even the champions of the sub specie rhetoricae view will find much to admire in these essays, even as they realize that the ball is definitely in their court.”—Quarterly Journal of Speech

"Offers some illuminating discussions of the varied appearances of rhetoric in the practice of science." —Rhetorica

“This exciting work offers examples of some of the most insightful current inquiry into the production of scientific knowledge.”—College Composition and Communication

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The Pittsburgh-Konstanz Series in the Philosophy and History of Science
Philosophy of Science

This volume marks a unique collaboration by internationally distinguished scholars in the history, rhetoric, philosophy, and sociology of science. Converging on the central issues of rhetoric of science, the essays focus on figures such as Galileo, Harvey, Darwin, von Neumann; and on issues such as the debate over cold fusion or the continental drift controversy. Their vitality attests to the burgeoning interest in the rhetoric of science.


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