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

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Overview

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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β€œIn this age where so much government funding of science is based in the military-industrial complex, it is fascinating to look at arguments for and against government funding of science at a time when such funding was not a given.” β€” CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791476994
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlana Portolano is Assistant Professor of English at Towson University.

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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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