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Rhetoric, Discourse and Knowledge


Edited By Maria Załęska and Urszula Okulska

The authors of this volume explore rhetorical and discursive strategies used to negotiate and establish legitimate knowledge and its disciplinary boundaries, to make scientific knowledge interesting outside academic settings as well, and to manage (c)overt knowledge in different social and political contexts. The volume focuses on the cultural concept of knowledge society, examining diverse linguistic means of knowledge transmission from the perspective of the complex interplay between knowledge and persuasion. The contributors discuss both sociological and philosophical issues, as well as textual processes in different genres that aim to communicate knowledge.

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Rhetoric of science: Fixed and changing modes of scientific discourse (Maria Freddi)


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Maria Freddi

University of Pavia

Rhetoric of science: Fixed and changing modes of scientific discourse

Abstract: The paper identifies ten types of arguments that are found to run through time when scientist-writers address a mixed audience of literate people, apprentices and experts alike. The rhetoric of science is argued to be a useful exploratory means to develop understanding of scientific cultures and specialized discourses, as well as promote apprenticeship into the sciences.

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