Featured image is Still Life With a Skull and Medical Book
This post is intended to be a companion piece to this one
This is going to be a nuts and bolts piece, fleshing out a few technical concepts with examples from a sample of texts. It is meant to be a companion to a shorter, more readable piece. I would suggest starting there, and then returning here if you feel the urge to dig deeper.
Contrary to Sam’s point that rhetoric is an extra skill that scientists would have to learn, I want to demonstrate here that scientists live and breathe rhetoric. A scientific paper is a work of rhetoric; the authors seek to persuade their peers in a number of ways beyond simply accepting their conclusion. This is what Deirdre McCloskey has been saying about economics for decades.
My corpus for this exercise will be the following:
- Toward a Non-Lockean Libertarianism, a paper by Jacob Levy.
- The Role of Ideas in Political Economy, a paper by Vlad Tarko (analyzed in a previous post).
- Happyism, an essay by Deirdre McCloskey.
- Apple Tablet Will Restore Comic Books To Former Glory, a speculative Gizmodo piece from before Apple’s iPad was released.
- Are retailers in for a good holiday season? Here’s what we know so far, a Washington Post article from the Business section.
- They wanted to rob the pizza guy. They did not expect a 250-pound, ex-NFL linebacker to deliver the pie, a Washington Post article from their “Morning Mix” section.