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Rhetorical figures in science

Author: Jeanne Fahnestock
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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Rhetorical Figures in Science breaks new ground in the rhetorical study of scientific argument as the first book to demonstrate how figures of speech other than metaphor have been used to accomplish key conceptual moves in scientific texts. Examples, both verbal and visual, range across disciplines and centuries to reaffirm the positive value of these once widely-taught devices.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne Fahnestock
ISBN: 0195117506 9780195117509
OCLC Number: 39256379
Description: xiv, 234 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. The Figures as Epitomes. The Dominance of Metaphor. The Classical Tradition of the Figures. Theories of Figuration. The Figures as Epitomes of Lines of Reasoning. Boundary Problems. Verbal Spread and Visual Concision. The Figures in Scientific Discourse --
Ch. 2. Antithesis. The Aristotelian Definition of Antithesis. The History of the Figure. The Uses of Antithesis in Argument. Arguing from Existing Semantic Contrasts. The "False Window": Using the Form to Force Terms Apart. Arguments that Change the Nature of Opposition --
Ch. 3. Incrementum and Gradatio. Undoing Antitheses. Figures that Construct Series. The Uses of Incrementum and Gradatio in Argument. Creating Places with Series. Incomplete Series. Double Hierarchy Arguments. The Gradatio as Sorites. Merging Categories. Series Reasoning in Darwin's The Origin of Species --
Ch. 4. Antimetabole. The Semantics and Syntax of the Antimetabole. History of the Figure. Argumentative Uses of the Antimetabole. The Antimetabole and Causality. Refutation by Reversal --
Ch. 5. Ploche and Polyptoton. Figures of Repetition. Perfect Repetition: Ploche. Polyptoton. The Argumentative Resources of Polyptoton. Ploche, Polyptoton, and the Science of Electricity in the Eighteenth Century.
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This is the first study of the use of figures of speech other than metaphor in scientific texts. Fahnestock breaks new ground in the rhetorical study of scientific argument by demonstrating how  Read more...
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While many books deliver less than they promise, a few, like Rhetorical Figures in Science, deliver more. * Quarterly Journal of Speech, May 2001 * well-crafted argument ... well-exemplified series Read more...

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