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ERIC Number: EJ915017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Calculating the Weather: Deductive Reasoning and Disciplinary "Telos" in Cleveland Abbe's Rhetorical Transformation of Meteorology
Majdik, Zoltan P.; Platt, Carrie Anne; Meister, Mark
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v97 n1 p74-99 Feb 2011
This paper explores the rhetorical basis of a major paradigm change in meteorology, from a focus on inductive observation to deductive, mathematical reasoning. Analysis of Cleveland Abbe's "The Physical Basis of Long-Range Weather Forecasts" demonstrates how in his advocacy for a new paradigm, Abbe navigates the tension between piety to tradition and dissent necessary for innovation through the rhetorical imagination of and appeal to a disciplinary telos. This strategy allows him to dismiss the traditions of meteorology while simultaneously creating common ground between a new paradigm and an audience of contemporary scientists whose traditions he rejects. (Contains 82 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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