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
     
 

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

Ch. 1 A Classical Voice for American Science 1

Ch. 2 An American Cicero 13

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

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

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

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

Ch. 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

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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