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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

The Rhetoric of the Natural Sciences
The rhetoric of the natural sciences

The body of knowledge called the “natural sciences” includes all those disciplines that construct a world beyond human agency: astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology. Rhetoric, from its classical roots, is the art of constructing discourse that influences beliefs and actions through human agency. Discourse cannot persuade ion channels or archebacteria or black holes, but it can persuade humans to have certain beliefs about such entities and to construct experiments and technologies based on those beliefs. Studying human persuasion about the natural world would seem then to be a normal continuation of the rhetorical studies of any other type of discourse. After all, scientists engage in controversy, they produce arguments in all modalities (oral, written, ...

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