skip to content
Rhetorical figures in science Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

Rhetorical figures in science

Author: Jeanne Fahnestock
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This text demonstrates 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  Read more...

Getting this item's online copy... Getting this item's online copy...

Find a copy in the library

Getting this item's location and availability... Getting this item's location and availability...


Find it in libraries globally
Worldwide libraries own this item


Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne Fahnestock
ISBN: 0195117506 9780195117509
OCLC Number: 39256379
Description: xiv, 234 p. ; 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.
Responsibility: Jeanne Fahnestock.
Retrieving notes about this item Retrieving notes about this item


Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

well-crafted argument ... well-exemplified series of chapters Quarterly Journal of Speech, May 2001 While many books deliver less than they promise, a few, like Rhetorical Figures in Science, deliver Read more...

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...


Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.