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A Scientist's Voice in American CultureSimon Newcomb and the Rhetoric of Scientific Method$
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Albert Moyer

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520076891

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520076891.001.0001

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Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric

Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric

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(p.224) Chapter XIII Pragmatism and Methodological Rhetoric
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A Scientist's Voice in American Culture
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Albert E. Moyer

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520076891.003.0013

The intellectual and cultural world of the American pragmatists provides a telling historical context in which to place Newcomb's pronouncements on method; each sheds light on the other. Beyond the customary reaches of the history of philosophy and general American history, however, there exists an alternative historical context in which we can locate both Newcomb and the early pragmatists. This is the context of the history of science, specifically the politics and rhetoric of scientific method. Just as Newcomb both reflected and fostered key elements of the cluster of pragmatic assertions and hopes, so too did the pragmatists and allied thinkers such as Newcomb reflect and foster key elements of the rhetorical and political tradition.

Keywords:   Simon Newcomb, pragmatism, pragmatists, scientific method, rhetoric

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