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Shaping Science with RhetoricThe Cases of Dobzhansky, Schrodinger, and Wilson$
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Leah Ceccarelli

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226099064

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226099088.001.0001

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A Text Rhetorically Designed to Negotiate Different Interests and Beliefs

A Text Rhetorically Designed to Negotiate Different Interests and Beliefs

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Shaping Science with Rhetoric
University of Chicago Press

This chapter shows that when the text and its intertextual antecedents and responses are examined from a rhetorical perspective, a solution to two controversies begins to take shape. A rhetorical approach acknowledges that Schrödinger's book contains technical errors, making it scientifically flawed from a modern perspective. The temptation to view the benefits of collaboration only from the perspective of one's own discipline overcame the geneticist H. J. Muller. This approach would seem to be a more promising start for interdisciplinary collaboration. It has the potential to negotiate the interests of the two disciplines rather than reducing one while privileging the other. A rhetorical perspective also offers a solution to the other major scholarly dispute about this book by identifying polysemy as a rhetorical strategy employed (consciously or unconsciously) by Schrödinger to achieve interdisciplinary purpose.

Keywords:   intertextual, rhetoric approach, polysemy, geneticist, Schrödinger

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