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- DescriptionEverything evolves, science tells us, including the public language used by scientists to sustain and perpetuate their work. Harkening back to the Protestant Reformation--a time when the promise of scientific inquiry was intimately connected with a deep faith in divine Providence--Thomas Lessl traces the evolving role and public identity of science in the West. As the Reformation gave way to the Enlightenment, tions of Providence evolved into progress. History's divine plan could w be found in nature, and scientists became history's new prophets. With Darwin and the emergence of evolutionary science, progress and evolution collapsed together into what Lessl calls evolutionism, and the grand scientific identity was used to advance science's power into the world. In this masterful treatment, Lessl analyzes the descent of these patterns of scientific advocacy from the world of Francis Bacon into the world of Thomas Huxley and his successors. In the end, Rhetorical Darwinism proposes that Darwin's power to fuel the establishment of science within the Western social milieu often turns from its scientific course. Rhetorical Darwinism: Religion, Evolution, and the Scientific Identity received the Religious Communication Associatons Book of the Year award in 2012.
- Author BiographyThomas M. Lessl is Professor, Department of Speech Communication, University of Georgia.
- Author(s)Thomas M. Lessl
- PublisherBaylor University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2012
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationWaco
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBaylor University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight225 g
- Width230 mm
- Height155 mm
- Spine27 mm
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