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The Passionate Empiricist: The Eloquence of John Quincy Adams in the Service of Science
     

The Passionate Empiricist: The Eloquence of John Quincy Adams in the Service of Science

by Marlana Portolano
 

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ISBN-10: 0791476995

ISBN-13: 9780791476994

Pub. Date: 01/08/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book introduces readers to the role that classical oratory played in changing early American attitudes about pure scientific research. Marlana Portolano investigates the impact of John Quincy Adams's oratorical campaigns on the origins of government-funded science in America, with a special focus on his classical theory of rhetorical engagement and civic duty.

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This book introduces readers to the role that classical oratory played in changing early American attitudes about pure scientific research. Marlana Portolano investigates the impact of John Quincy Adams's oratorical campaigns on the origins of government-funded science in America, with a special focus on his classical theory of rhetorical engagement and civic duty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791476994
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 A Classical Voice for American Science 1

Chapter 2 An American Cicero 13

Adams the Professor of Rhetoric

The Lectures on Rhetoric: An Outline of Adams's Theory

Competing Rhetorical Teachings in Adams's Time

Twentieth-Century Rhetorical Theory: An Aid for Contemporary Readers

Chapter 3 Toward a Democratic Science: Institution-Building and the Statesman Orator 53

Adams's Early Development as an Orator for Democratic Science

The Presidency as Pulpit for Science

Appealing to the Audience: Early American Attitudes toward Science

Chapter 4 Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge: Setting the Stage for the Smithsonian Debate 77

The Question of James Smithson's Intentions

The Smithsonian and the Ethos of Scientific Discovery

Early Scientific Institutions as Models in Deliberative Rhetoric

The Smithsonian as Locus for Common Knowledge

An Imperious and Indispensable Obligation

The State of the Controversy

Chapter 5 Adams's Arguments in the Smithsonian Debate: A Rhetorical Analysis 113

An Inventive Stage: Letters, Learned Advice, and Private Conversations

Asher Robbins and the National University Plan

Adams's Refutations and His First Arguments for an Observatory

Two Particular Audiences and Adams as Impartial Judge

Financial Delays to Action: "Catch the bear before you sell his skin"

Resistance to Argumentation

Arguments for a Natural History Museum and the Agricultural Influence

The Grand Library Plan

Compromise

Chapter 6 The Queen of Sciences and Her Democratic Champion: Adams's Promotion of Astronomy 163

Adams's Congressional Arguments for anObservatory

Adams's Public Speaking Tours on Astronomy

Chapter 7 Invention and Discovery, Rhetorically Speaking 181

Appendix A The Will of James Smithson 191

Appendix B An Act to Establish the Smithsonian Institution as It Passed into Law on August 10, 1846 193

Notes 199

Ribliography 221

Index 229

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