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Borrowed KnowledgeChaos Theory and the Challenge of Learning across Disciplines$
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Stephen H. Kellert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226429786

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.001.0001

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The Rhetorical Functions of Borrowing and the Uses of Disciplinary Prestige

The Rhetorical Functions of Borrowing and the Uses of Disciplinary Prestige

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Borrowed Knowledge
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226429809.003.0003

This chapter first sketches a rhetorical perspective, especially as it relates to scientific inquiry, and treats one major source of conflict between rhetoric and philosophy: the question of normative evaluation. Next, it clarifies how the rhetorical functions of borrowing from chaos theory trade on the newness of this field and the disciplinary prestige of the natural sciences. It concludes with some reflections on the problems that can arise when researchers borrow from disciplines as prestigious as the natural sciences. Throughout, the concern is with the persuasive functions served by borrowed knowledge.

Keywords:   rhetorical perspective, scientific inquiry, rhetoric, philosophy, normative evaluation, chaos theory, borrowed knowledge

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