Rhetoric : How Does Rhetoric Fall Into The World Of Scientific Discourse?

1164 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Rhetoric, like many other facets of understanding this world, has been something we’ve used since the Ancient Greeks and Romans. It’s inevitable that we use it every day; even towards the most banal of exigencies, the most trivial of facts, it 's something we’ve just come to take for granted. As a “scientist,” though, I do have to wonder how does rhetoric fall into the world of scientific discourse. Turns out, science is inherently rhetorical; everything in science is the result of discourse between opposing factions trying to determine which is the more accurate depiction of how something works in this world, not to mention the inherent subjectivity of some fields of science (mostly the social sciences since humanity is subjecting itself to scientific rigor, but natural sciences can also be considered subjective if looked through specific lenses). Science, in it of itself, is a rhetorical battlefield where it exudes properties of rhetoric: Bitzer’s rhetorical triangle, the stases, and the canons.
Science, despite popular belief, follows the rhetorical triangle of exigence, constraints, and audience. In terms of exigence, science inherently tries to explain the various phenomena that exist in our world; it’s purpose is trying to understand the world around us. What’s rhetorical about that idea then? Well, it really has to do with the fact that not everyone agrees with the proposed arguments about the natural/human world; that disagreement is what drives scientific discourse,…

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