The Language of Science: A Study of the Relationship between Literature and Science in the Perspective of a Hermeneutical Ontology. With a Case Study of Darwin's The Origin of Species.

The Language of Science: A Study of the Relationship between Literature and Science in the Perspective of a Hermeneutical Ontology. With a Case Study of Darwin's The Origin of Species.

by Bulhof, I. N. Bulhof
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004096442

ISBN-13: 9789004096448

Pub. Date: 09/01/1992

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

Using Darwin's The Origin of Species as a casepoint, this book shows that the language of scientists does remain language and that a skilful use of its rhetorical and poetic aspects often determines the 'facts' and the transmission of information.  See more details below

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Using Darwin's The Origin of Species as a casepoint, this book shows that the language of scientists does remain language and that a skilful use of its rhetorical and poetic aspects often determines the 'facts' and the transmission of information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004096448
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
Brill's Studies in Intellectual History Series, #34
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

1Purpose of this study1
2Darwin's The Origin of Species: A rhetorical text11
2.2The effectiveness of The Origin of Species as text19
3The enigma of The Origin of Species25
3.1The scientific debate on the origin of species: The Netherlands25
3.2Sociological aspects of The Origin of Species' reception in The Netherlands36
3.3The enigma of The Origin of Species' success48
4Darwin as writer57
4.1Various ways of reading a text57
4.2Darwin's stylistic devices59
4.3Simile and metaphor in The Origin of Species61
4.4Personifications69
4.5The effects of Darwin's similes and metaphors: nature and culture72
4.6Literary genres91
4.7Of imagination and reason in The Origin of Species97
4.8Darwin's communication strategies in The Origin of Species108
4.9Logical argumentation and systematic experimentation in The Origin of Species117
4.10Searching language126
5The separation of science and literature129
5.1Historical background129
5.1.1Preliminary remarks: on the separation of science and literature129
5.1.2Antiquity and the Middle Ages; nominalism130
5.1.3The demise of the language arts from the study of nature132
5.1.4Language in natural science: communication135
5.1.5Language in natural science: representation139
5.1.6Experiments in natural science145
5.1.7From the eighteenth to the twentieth century146
5.2Ignoring the actual text of scientific writings148
5.2.1Science after Darwin148
5.2.2Roman Ingarden on scientific writings149
5.2.3The contemporary scientific paper156
5.2.4Some personal remarks159
5.3Moral and political importance of the separation of literary and scientific writings161
6Literary language and evasive reality: Toward a hermeneutical ontology167
6.1Preliminary remarks: language and ontology. The hermeneutical-rhetorical tradition167
6.2The Book of Nature in hermeneutical-rhetorical tradition: historical background170
6.3Contemporary literary theory174
6.4Sketch for a hermeneutical ontology177
7Conclusion and postscript189
Bibliography195
General Index205

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