The Rhetorical Turn

Simons Herbert W
We have only recently started to challenge the notion that serious inquiry can be free of rhetoric, that it can rely exclusively on hard fact and cold logic in support of its claims. Increasingly, scholars are shifting their attention from methods of proof to the heuristic methods of debate and... Read More
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We have only recently started to challenge the notion that serious inquiry can be free of rhetoric, that it can rely exclusively on hard fact and cold logic in support of its claims. Increasingly, scholars are shifting their attention from methods of proof to the heuristic methods of debate and discussion--the art of rhetoric--to examine how scholarly discourse is shaped by tropes and figures, by the naming and framing of issues, and by the need to adapt arguments to ends, audiences, and circumstances. Herbert W. Simons and the contributors to this important collection of essays provide impressive evidence that the new movement referred to as the rhetorical turn offers a rigorous way to look within and across the disciplines.

The Rhetorical Turn moves from biology to politics via excursions into the rhetorics of psychoanalysis, decision science, and conversational analysis. Topics explored include how rhetorical invention guides scientific invention, how rhetoric assists political judgment, and how it integrates varying approaches to meta-theory. Concluding with four philosophical essays, this volume of case studies demonstrates how the inventive and persuasive dimensions of scholarly discourse point the way to forms of argument appropriate to our postmodern age.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226759016
ISBN-13 9780226759012
GTIN-13 9780226759012
GTIN-14 09780226759012
Subtitle Invention and Persuasion in the Conduct of Inquiry
Author Simons Herbert W
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 395
Publication Date May 21, 1990
Dimension 6.3 in 9.32 in 1.07 in