The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences

Author: John S. Nelson
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0299110249
Release Date: 1990-12
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Opening with an overview of the renewal of interest in rhetoric for inquiries of all kinds, this volume addresses rhetoric in individual disciplines--mathematics, anthropology, psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and history. Two essays draw from recent literary theory to suggest the contribution of the humanities to the rhetoric of inquiry, and several essays explore communications beyond the academy, particularly in women's issues, religion, and law. The final essays speak from the field of communication studies, where the study of rhetoric usually makes its home.

Sourcebook on Rhetoric

Author: James Jasinski
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761905049
Release Date: 2001-07-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book is designed to introduce readers to the language of contemporary rhetorical studies. The book format is an alphabetized glossary (with appropriate cross listings) of key terms and concepts in contemporary rhetorical studies. An introductory chapter outlines the definitional ambiguities of the central concept of rhetoric itself. The primary emphasis is on the contemporary tradition of rhetorical studies as it has emerged in the discipline of speech communication. Each entry in the glossary ranges in length from a few paragraphs to a short essay of a few pages. Where appropriate, examples are provided to further illustrate the term or concept. Each entry will be accompanied by a list of references and additional readings to direct the reader to other materials of possible interest.

Writing the Social Text

Author: Richard Brown
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351470926
Release Date: 2017-07-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

During the past decade, it has become commonplace to interpret social and cultural reality-the very groundwork of the social sciences-as linguistic constructions. Not only is society viewed as a text, but scientific texts themselves are seen as rhetorical constructions. This collection of scholarly essays begins with an overview of this emerging field, and covers the specific stylistic practices by which social scientists create -objective- or -true- representations of society. The volume closes with a consideration of the more telling challenges to the rhetorics of the social sciences and how these might be encompassed or overcome.

Crafting Equality

Author: Celeste Michelle Condit
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226114651
Release Date: 1993-05-15
Genre: History

Drawing on speeches, newspapers, magazines, and other public discourse, Condit and Lucaites survey the shifting meaning of equality from 1760 to the present as a process of interaction and negotiation among different social groups in American politics and culture.

Narratives in Social Science Research

Author: Barbara Czarniawska
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412931762
Release Date: 2004-02-24
Genre: Social Science

Narratives in Social Science Research introduces students to the use of narrative methodology as a research tool. It offers a useful and rigorous framework for the application of these devices within qualitative research. This practically-orientated text provides: · An historical overview of the development of the narrative approach within the social sciences · A guide to how narrative methods can be applied in fieldwork · An explanation of how to incorporate a narrative approach within a research project · Guidelines for interpreting collected or produced narratives · A student-focused approach - key arguments and methods are illustrated by case-studies and lists of further reading Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this detailed text will be a useful resource for researchers and students taking courses in qualitative research across a variety of social disciplines.

New Directions in Economic Methodology

Author: Roger E. Backhouse
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134864393
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Business & Economics

In recent years there has been a flowering of work on economic methodology. However there is no longer any consensus about which direction this should take or, indeed, even what the role and content of economic methodology should be. This book reflects this diversity. Its contributors are responsible for the major developments in this field and together they give an account of all the major positions which currently prevail in economic methodology. These include attempts to rehabilitate the 'falsification' of Kuhn, Lakatos and Popper, sociology of knowledge approaches, different forms of realism, contributions from the 'rhetoric' project and other perspectives which view the economy as a text.

Weaving Self evidence

Author: Claude Rosental
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691139407
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Mathematics

The development of theorems in logic is generally thought to be a solitary and purely cerebral activity, and therefore unobservable by sociologists. In Weaving Self-Evidence, French sociologist Claude Rosental challenges this notion by tracing the history of one well-known recent example in the field of artificial intelligence--a theorem on the foundations of fuzzy logic. Rosental's analyses disclose the inherently social nature of the process by which propositions in logic are produced, disseminated, and established as truths. Rosental describes the different phases of the emergence of the theorem on fuzzy logic, from its earliest drafts through its publication and diffusion, discussion and reformulation, and eventual acceptance by the scientific community. Through observations made at major universities and scholarly conferences, and in electronic forums, he looks at the ways students are trained in symbolic manipulations and formal languages and examines how researchers work, interact, and debate emerging new ideas. By carefully analyzing the concrete mechanisms that lead to the collective development and corroboration of proofs, Rosental shows how a logical discovery and its recognition within the scholarly community are by no means the product of any one individual working in isolation, but rather a social process that can be observed and studied. Weaving Self-Evidence will interest students and researchers in sociology and the history and philosophy of science and technology, and anyone curious about how scientists work.

The Physics of Theism

Author: Jeffrey Koperski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118932773
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Genre: Science

The Physics of Theism provides a timely, critical analysis of the ways in which physics intertwines with religion. Koperski brings clarity to a range of arguments including the fine-tuning argument, naturalism, the laws of nature, and the controversy over Intelligent Design. A single author text providing unprecedented scope and depth of analysis of key issues within the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science Critically analyses the ways in which physics is brought into play in matters of religion Self-contained chapters allow readers to directly access specific areas of interest The area is one of considerable interest, and this book is a timely and well-conceived contribution to these debates Written by an accomplished scholar working in the philosophy of physics in a style that renders complex arguments accessible

Rhetoric in the Human Sciences

Author: Herbert W Simons
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: UOM:39015014314085
Release Date: 1989-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Scholars of every sort inevitably make stylistic choices, name and frame issues, appeal to communal values, adapt arguments to ends, audiences and circumstances. Yet the myth persists that `good' scholarship consists of hard fact and cold logic, devoid of all rhetoric; that the assent given to scholarly claims is somehow independent of the language used to communicate and defend them. Rhetoric in the Human Sciences demonstrates that the rhetorical dimensions of scholarly discourse can no longer be ignored. The authors illustrate the usefulness of rhetorical theory, bringing its tools and perspectives to bear on such diverse subjects as language acquisition, television viewing, ethnographic writing, psychotherapy, jurisprudence and structuralist poetics. In so doing, they open up wider questions about the role of rhetoric in the making of a discipline, about rhetoric's functions within the various disciplines, and about the potential of rhetorical theory as a unifying force across the human sciences. They show how an investigation of rhetoric can be used not just deconstructively as a way of undermining objectivist pretensions, but also reconstructively as the study of appropriate forms of persuasive language and argument in our postmodern age.

Constructing Suburbs

Author: Ann Forsyth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135300104
Release Date: 2005-09-29
Genre: Architecture

Examining the debate between activists and professional planners over the vision of the future of a large growth corridor in Sydney, Australia, this case study maps the history of development from the late sixties to the mid-nineties, during which time serious environmental and financial problems arose. The book outlines five major visions of the future development and examines forms of political, economic, and institutional power applied by the parties in the project, with emphasis on the processes of infrastructure privatization and ecological impacts. The conclusion reflects on contemporary dilemmas about pluralism.

Karl Marx

Author: Allan Megill
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742511669
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Philosophy

Why did Karl Marx want to exclude politics and the market from his vision of a future socialism? Allan Megill begins with this question. In answering it, he forces the reader to rethink Marx's entire intellectual project. Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason has important implications for how we think about the usability of Marx's work today. It will be of interest both to those who wish to reflect on the fate of Marxism during the era of Soviet Communism, and to those who wish to discern what is adequate and what requires replacement or supplementation in the work of a figure who, in spite of everything, remains one of the greatest philosophers and social scientists of the modern world.