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Lawrence J. Prelli
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A Rhetoric Of Science: Inventing Scientific Discourse

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Part of a series in Studies in Rhetoric and Communication, this book casts a fresh light on the process by which scientific claims are validated. If scientists cannot justify their claims in positivistic terms, how can a scientific claim be legitimatized?
Published December 1st 1989 by University of South Carolina Press
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Jun 13, 2008 Marilee rated it really liked it
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Prelli analyzes scientific discourse using what he calls the topical method in which he employs Aristotle's topoi and Kenneth Burke's concept of terministic screens. He claims that scientists construct arguments in a specific way--drawing from particular topics that rely on certain norms--and provides analysis of numerous case studies.

It's an interesting read and was immensely helpful during the composition of my master's thesis.
Jun 24, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
A bit recursive, but a good overall argument for approaching scientific discourse through rhetoric. He primarily relies on Cicero, Quintilian and Aristotle to construct his system of analysis, which works well overall.
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