Calendar


Spring 2011

January

W 1/19 What is Rhetoric? The Rhetoric of Science and Technology?
Our Tasks
• Please read "Is the scientific paper a fraud?" (PDF 63 KB; Sir Peter Medawar, 1964).
• Please sign up for the Rhetoric of Science wiki as soon as possible. Click the "Join" button in the upper right corner and follow the instructions.
Supplemental Sources
Aristotle's Rhetoric.
Aristotle's Rhetoric: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Gorgias by Plato.
Our Goals
• To introduce our selves and our object of inquiry.

M 1/24 Science's Contract With America
Our Tasks
• Please read the Summary and Chapters 1, 3 and 6 of "Science, The Endless Frontier" (Vannevar Bush, 1945), "Prospects for 'a rhetoric of science'" (PDF 358K; Wander and Jaehne, Social Epistemology, 2000, vol. 14, nos. 2/3, 211-233) and "How To Do a Rhetorical Analysis, and Why" (PDF 1.7 MB; Donald McCloskey, 1994).
• Please read the Question Formation and Analysis assignment, the Essays and Exams assignment, and the Rhetorical Analysis assignment.
• Please consult Chapters 2, 4 and 5 of "Science, The Endless Frontier" (Vannevar Bush, 1945)
Supplemental Sources
• The Wikipedia stub on rhetorical criticism offers links to major appraoches.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings and address any questions regarding the course assignments.

W 1/26 Staking the Ground
Our Tasks
• Please read Nelson, Megill and McCloskey "Rhetoric of Inquiry" (pgs. 3-18), Michael Leff "Modern Sophistic and the Unity of Rhetoric" (pgs. 19-37), and John Campbell "Charles Darwin: Rhetorician of Science" (pgs. 69-86) from Nelson, Megill and McCloskey The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 1/31 Rhetoric, Knowledge and the Laboratory
Our Tasks
• Please read Richard Harvey Brown "Reason as Rhetorical: On Relations Among Epistemology, Discourse and Practice" (pgs. 184-197) from Nelson, Megill and McCloskey The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences.
• Please read the Preface, Introduction and Chapter 1 (pgs. 15-41) from Latour and Woolgar's Laboratory Life.

• Team 1 Members: Please post your questions on the reading to the Question 1 Forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (1/27) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 1 Members: Please post your Keywords on the proper forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (1/27) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Respondents: Please post your response to selected questions to the Question 1 Forum on the wiki by noon on Sunday (1/30) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Class Members: Please provide your assessment of the presentation within 24 hours (by 2/1) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 1 Members: Please post your Synthesis to the proper forum on the wiki within 48 hours (by 2/2) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).

Our Goals
• To present and discuss responses to the questions posed by the team.


February

W 2/2 The Social Sciences, Rhetorically
Our Tasks
Please send me an e-mail (jim.collier@vt.edu) regarding your choice of assignment options (please refer to the Essays and Exams assignment).
• Please read Arjo Klamer "As If Economists and Their Subjects Were Rational" (pgs. 163-183) and Megill and McCloskey, "The Rhetoric of History" (pgs. 221-238) from Nelson, Megill and McCloskey The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences.
• Please review Paul Hernaldi "Literary Interpretation and the Rhetoric of the Human Sciences" (pgs. 263-275) and Michael Shapiro "The Rhetoric of Social Science: The Political Responsibilities of the Scholar" (pgs. 363-380) from Nelson, Megill and McCloskey The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 2/7 Respectable Rhetoricians?
Our Tasks
• Please read McGee and Lyne "What Are Nice Folks Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Some Entailments of Treating Knowledge Claims Rhetorically" (pgs. 381-406) from Nelson, Megill and McCloskey The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences:
• Please read, and view the images at the end of, Chapter 2 (pgs. 42-103) from Latour and Woolgar's Laboratory Life.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 2/9 Written Knowledge
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapters 1 (PDF; 85K) and 2 (PDF; 536K) from Bazerman's Shaping Written Knowledge.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 2/14 Early Experiments
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapter 3 (PDF; 97K) from Bazerman's Shaping Written Knowledge.
• Please read Chapter 3 (pgs. 105-150) from Latour and Woolgar's Laboratory Life.

• Team 2 Members: Please post your questions on the reading to the Question 2 Forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (2/10) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 2 Members: Please post your Keywords on the proper forum on the wiki 6 p.m. on Thursday (2/10) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Respondents: Please post your response to selected questions to the Question 2 Forum on the wiki by noon on Sunday (2/13) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Class Members: Please provide your assessment of the presentation within 24 hours (by 2/15) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 2 Members: Please post your Synthesis to the proper forum on the wiki within 48 hours (by 2/16) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).

Our Goals
• To present and discuss responses to the questions posed by the team.

W 2/16 Scientific Literature, Scientific Structure
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapter 5 (PDF; 120K) from Bazerman's Shaping Written Knowledge.
• Please review Chapter 4 (PDF; 238K) from Bazerman's Shaping Written Knowledge.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 2/21 Science as Semiotics
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapter 11 (PDF; 127K); from Bazerman's Shaping Written Knowledge.
• Please read Chapter 4 (pgs. 151-186) from Latour and Woolgar's Laboratory Life.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 2/23 Stalled Rhetoric
Our Tasks
• Please read Dilip Gaonkar "The Idea of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric of Science" (pgs. 25-85) from Gross and Keith's Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
• Please review Michael Leff "The Idea of Rhetoric As Interpretive Practice" (pgs. 89-100) and Deirdre McCloskey "Big Rhetoric, Little Rhetoric" (pgs. 101-112) from Gross and Keith's Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 2/28 Rich Rhetoric
Our Tasks
• Please read Carolyn Miller "Classical Rhetoric without Nostalgia" (pgs. 156-171) from Gross and Keith's Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
• Please read Chapters 5, 6 and the Postscript (pgs. 151-286) from Latour and Woolgar's Laboratory Life.

• Team 3 Members: Please post your questions on the reading to the Question 3 Forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (2/24) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 3 Members: Please post your Keywords on the proper forum on the wiki 6 p.m. on Thursday (2/24) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Respondents: Please post your response to selected questions to the Question 3 Forum on the wiki by noon on Sunday (2/27) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Class Members: Please provide your assessment of the presentation within 24 hours (by 3/1) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 3 Members: Please post your Synthesis to the proper forum on the wiki within 48 hours (by 3/2) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).

Our Goals
• To present and discuss responses to the questions posed by the team.


March

W 3/2 Rhetoric of Rhetoric
Our Tasks
Please post Stage 1 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignment to the proper forum on the wiki.
• Please read Steve Fuller "'Rhetoric of Science': Double the Trouble?" (pgs. 279-298), Andrew King "The Rhetorical Critic and the Invisible Polis" (pgs. 299-314) and Dilip Gaonkar "Close Readings of the Third Kind" (pgs. 330-356) from Gross and Keith's Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

Spring Break

M 3/14 The Social Construction of Technology
Our Tasks
• Please read "The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts" (PDF; 9.5 MB, Pinch and Bijker, Social Studies of Science, Vol. 14, 1984, 399-441), "The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: A Response to Pinch and Bijker" (PDF; 3.8 MB, Russell, Social Studies of Science, Vol. 16, 1986, 331-346) and "Science, Relativism and the New Sociology of Technology" (PDF; 3.3 MB) (Pinch and Bijker, Social Studies of Science, Vol. 16, 1986, 347-360).
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 3/16 SCOT, Rejoinders
Our Tasks
Essay Due; Exam Due Frday (3/18) by 6 p.m.
• Please read "Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty" (PDF; 4.0 MB) (Winner, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 18 No. 3, Summer 1993, 362-378).
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 3/21 Rhetoric of Technology
Our Tasks
• Please read: "A Call for the Study of the Rhetoric of Technology" (PDF; 752 KB) (Windsor, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 12 No. 3 July 1998, 285-287); "Learning from History" (PDF; 7.3 MB) (Miller, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 12 No. 3 July 1998, 288-315); "The Production of Technology and the Production of Human Meaning" (PDF; 1.7 MB) (Bazerman, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 12 No. 3 July 1998, 381-387);
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 3/23 Applying Rhetoric of Technology
Our Tasks
• Please read: "The Rhetoric and Counter-Rhetoric of a 'Bionic' Technology" (PDF; 6.2 MB) (Blume, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 22 No. 1, Winter 1997 31-56); "Toward a Feminist Rhetoric of Technology" (PDF; 604 KB) (Koerber, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Vol. 14 No. 1 January 2000 58-73); "Digital Rhetoric" (PDF; 72 KB) (Zappen, Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(3), 2005, 319-325).
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 3/28 The Science Wars
Our Tasks
• Please read "A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies" (Alan Sokal, Lingua Franca, May/June 1996), "Professor Sokal's Bad Joke" (Stanley Fish, New York Times, May 21, 1996), "The Gloves Come Off: Shattered Alliances in Science and Technology Studies" (Langdon Winner, Social Text, 46/47, spring/summer 1996, pgs. 81-91), , "The Science Wars: Responses to a Failed Marriage" (Dorothy Nelkin, Social Text, 46/47, spring/summer 1996, pgs. 93-100), and "The Politics of the Science Wars" (Stanley Aronowitz, Social Text, 46/47, spring/summer 1996, pgs. 177-197).
• Please review "Postmodern Gravity Deconstructed, Slyly" (Janny Scott, New York Times, May 18, 1996).
• Please consult "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" (Alan Sokal, Social Text, 46/47, spring/summer 1996, pgs. 217-252)
• Please consult "Science wars" (Wikipedia Entry).

• Team 4 Members: Please post your questions on the reading to the Question 4 Forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (3/24) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 4 Members: Please post your Keywords on the proper forum on the wiki 6 p.m. on Thursday (3/24) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Respondents: Please post your response to selected questions to the Question 4 Forum on the wiki by noon on Sunday (3/27) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Class Members: Please provide your assessment of the presentation within 24 hours (by 3/29) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 4 Members: Please post your Synthesis to the proper forum on the wiki within 48 hours (by 3/30) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).

Our Goals
• To present and discuss responses to the questions posed by the team.

W 3/30 Is The War Over?
Our Tasks
Please post Stage 2 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignment to the proper forum on the wiki.
• Please read "The Science Wars Redux" (Michael Bérubé, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, 19, Winter 2011), "Scientists' rhetoric in the science wars" (Felicity Mellor, Public Understanding of Science, 8, 1999, pgs. 51-56) and "Science Studies Through the Looking Glass: An Intellectual Itinerary" (Steve Fuller in Beyond the Science Wars (Ullica Segerstråle, editor), 2000.
• Please consult "Truth's Caper: A review by Simon Blackburn" (The New Republic Online, August 14th, 2008) and Alan Sokal Articles on the "Social Text" Affair.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.


April

M 4/4 Rhetoric, Interdisciplinarity, Genetics
Our Tasks
• Please read the Preface and Chapters 1-3 (pgs. 1-58) from Ceccarelli's Shaping Science with Rhetoric.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 4/6 What is Life?
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapters 4-5 (pgs. 61-110) from Ceccarelli's Shaping Science with Rhetoric.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 4/11 Rhetorical Scientism
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapters 6-9 (pgs. 113-182) from Ceccarelli's Shaping Science with Rhetoric.

• Team 5 Members: Please post your questions on the reading to the Question 5 Forum on the wiki by 6 p.m. on Thursday (4/7) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 5 Members: Please post your Keywords on the proper forum on the wiki 6 p.m. on Thursday (4/7) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Respondents: Please post your response to selected questions to the Question 5 Forum on the wiki by noon on Sunday (4/10) (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Class Members: Please provide your assessment of the presentation within 24 hours (by 4/12) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).
• Team 5 Members: Please post your Synthesis to the proper forum on the wiki within 48 hours (by 4/14) of the end of class (for reference the Question Formation assignment).

Our Goals
• To present and discuss responses to the questions posed by the team.

W 4/13 Rhetoric All the Way Down
Our Tasks
• Please read the Preface and Chapters 1-3 (pgs. 3-45) from Gross' Starring the Text.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 4/18 Rhetoric and Reception
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapters 6-7 (pgs. 81-110) and 9 (pgs. 124-141) from Gross' Starring the Text.
• Please consult Chapters 4-5 (pgs. 49-78) and 8 (pgs. 111-123)
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 4/20 Science, Rhetoric and Society
Our Tasks
• Please read Chapters 10-12 (pgs. 142-191) from Gross' Starring the Text.
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

M 4/25 Greater Discontent
Our Tasks
• Please read: "The Globalization of Rhetoric and the Argument from Disciplinary Consequence" (Simons, Poroi, 2, 2, November, 2003); "The Globalization of Rhetoric and Its Discontents" (Fuller, Poroi, 2, 2, November, 2003); "Rhetoric and Its Discontents" (Nelson, Poroi, 2, 2, November, 2003).
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 4/27 Reflections
Our Tasks
Please post Stage 3 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignment to the proper forum on the wiki.
• Please read A Hard Look at Ourselves" (PDF; 147 KB, Ceccarelli, Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(3),257-265); "Rhetoric of Science: Enriching the Discipline" (PDF; 159 KB, Fahnestock, Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(3), 277-286).
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.


May

M 5/2 The Present, and Future, Practice of Rhetoric of Science?
Our Tasks
• Please examine the POROI web site (the list of POROI Fellows offers a nice touchstone) and read the Introduction (David Depew, Poroi, 6, 2, 2009), "Meat My Hero: 'I have a Dream' of Living Language in the Work of Donna Haraway, Or, Ride 'Em Cowboy!" (Rebecca Scott, Poroi, 6, 2, 2009), and "Interactive Classification and Practice in the Social Sciences: Expanding Ian Hacking's Treatment of Interactive Kinds" (Matt Drabek, Poroi, 6, 2, 2009)
Our Goals
• To discuss and analyze the assigned readings.

W 5/4 And On Reflection ...
Our Tasks
• Please review and reconsider Dilip Gaonkar "The Idea of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric of Science" (pgs. 25-85) from Gross and Keith's Rhetorical Hermeneutics.
Our Goals
• A summative moment.

M 5/9 Final
Our Tasks
Essay Due; Exam Due by 9:45 a.m.
Please post Stage 4 of the Rhetorical Analysis assignment to the proper forum on the wiki by 9:45 a.m.
• For reference, the exam schedule.

Well Done!

Rhetoric of Science and Technology